Jeep Grand Cherokee: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:46 by admin
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has become one of the most popular cars of the past decade. The SUV is manufactured by DaimlerChrysler Corp.

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it was launching an investigation into the safety of 1995 - 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokees. NHTSA has received nearly 50 reports of the vehicles suddenly shifting into reverse and powering uncontrollably backwards. While no deaths have been reported, at least 14 people have been injured. The Federal agency refers to the problem as an "inadvertent rollaway in reverse."

The reports indicate that the Grand Cherokee can lurch into reverse while idling and even while the engine is turned off. While most of the cases occurred in vehicles left in park with the engine running, 19 occurred in Jeep Grand Cherokees with the engine off.

DaimlerChrysler denies that there is a problem with the Grand Cherokee, but pledges to cooperate with the investigation. "We don't believe there is an issue with the vehicle, but we will investigate," said a DaimlerChrysler spokesperson. DaimlerChrysler would not reveal whether the company had received any complaints from Grand Cherokee owners, but NHTSA officials say that manufacturers usually receive many more complaints from owners than the agency does. Now that NHTSA has opened an investigation, any reports of the transmission problem that DaimlerChrysler has received must be turned over to the agency.

If you have been injured in a Jeep Grand Cherokee or other motor vehicle, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

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