Save Innocent Families!
  • Petitioned Secretary Ray LaHood

This petition was delivered to:

Department of Transportation (DOT)
Secretary Ray LaHood
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Administrator David Strickland
CEO of Chrysler Group LLC
Sergio Marchionne

Save Innocent Families!

    1. Jenelle Embrey
    2. Petition by

      Jenelle Embrey

      Linden, VA

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June 2013

Victory

After a huge public outcry in support of a recall, including more than 125,000 people who signed Jenelle’s petition on Change.org, Chrysler announced they are recalling Jeeps that according to the government are prone to fires after rear end collisions.

When the recall was announced Jenelle said:

Thank you to the more than 127,000 people who signed my Change.org petition and helped to show Chrysler and the nation’s top auto safety officials that these dangerous Jeeps should be recalled.

It's a bittersweet victory, but after over three years of delays, I’m glad that Chrysler is doing something to prevent the deaths of any more victims of rear-end accidents in Jeeps.

I’m going to continue to fight to make sure that the repair that Chrysler applies is effective and push Chrysler to recall the Jeep models that are still under investigation by the government.

If you are concerned about the safety of your Jeep call Chrysler at 1-877-426-5337.

Over 287 people have died in 202 fiery crashes involving 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees, more than the ill-famed Ford Pinto in the 1970s. The ones with the power to recall these faulty-designed Jeeps have allowed Chrysler’s intimidation to stall the process of their investigation.

Allow me to share the grim details of two doomed victims in their last 60 living seconds. I witnessed their last breaths taken while sitting in a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Be warned that my story is shocking and disturbing. The reason I am telling it is in hopes to get your signature and avoid my story becoming your story.

On Friday October 5, 2012, just after work, I went to my Dad’s place in Frederick County, Virginia. Dad just purchased a car that week and wanted me to drive it to see how impressive it handled on the highway.

As soon as we entered I81, we found ourselves sitting in stopped traffic at the back of the line. I was chuckling and commenting how we were on the highway, but sitting in a traffic jam. I didn’t finish my comment. We were hit.

We immediately went into a spin. Shattered glass showered us as our windows exploded. I saw flashes of the same big rig over and over, all around our car. The hits kept coming.

Our car landed in the guardrail. Dad and I got out of the car and found ourselves standing in the middle of I81 in the darkness of night. At this point, we had just had the most horrifying experience of our lives. Sadly, the next 60 seconds will be a million times more horrific.

Once out of our car, I wondered if I was in a nightmare. My Dad came around the car pointing to a big rig pulled over on the shoulder 50 yards away. My Dad said, “We were being run over by that tractor trailer.” My Dad had not yet noticed the Jeep across the road from us, which was also hit by the truck. I was looking right into the small fire at the back of the Jeep. I guess I went into a state of shock. Already hyperventilating and sobbing at what I was afraid I was about to witness, my Dad looked at me and got worried. He asked if I was okay. I gestured for my Dad to look towards the Jeep as I said, “I'm okay but those people...” I could hear and see the Mom and 2 teenage boys struggling.

Dad immediately ran to the Jeep. The doors were jammed so he busted out a window with his bare hands and leaned into the Jeep. Dad grabbed the first person in his reach, the teen in the front passenger seat. The teen was pinned only by his seatbelt. Dad yelled at the teen that there was a fire and that they had to get out fast. That teen ignored this complete stranger leaning in his jeep yelling at him. Tormenting fear and excruciating worry regarding the fate of his mother next to him and his friend in the back seat were the teen’s only considerations. The Mom seemed in shock, like me, but knew my Dad was trying to help them. She reached over and released her teen’s seat belt. My Dad pulled her son out the window and away from the Jeep. As the saved teen was sobbing with concern for his mother and his friend in this dire circumstance, my Dad focused on the teen in the back struggling to get out.

My Dad pulled but that teen was pinned. Jeeps’ back seats collapse in a crash. That teen could not get his hand to the latch of his seatbelt. As the pinned teen struggled to get out of the backseat, my Dad ran around the front of the Jeep towards the driver’s door to help the Mom.

The Mom was not trying to get out. She watched my Dad running, perhaps wondering why the rush. Then there was the noise. It was a gushing noise that brought fire… lots of fire. The entire vehicle was swallowed up by flames. At the moment the fire consumed the Jeep, the teen in the back was still hopeful of getting out, the Mom was still processing the wreck that had just happened, and the saved teen was still hopeful the three of them would be arriving home together that night, as planned.

My Dad changed direction continuing to run but away from the blistering Jeep. In that instant, they burned to death. My Dad barely escaped the fire. Dad ran over to me shaking his head and said, in a heartbreaking tone, “That’s it. It’s over.” Dad and I stood in front of the Jeep and watched in horror as the Mom and teen burned to death. The saved teen watched the burning Jeep too as he tearfully screamed, “Mom! Mom!”

After those 60 seconds, witnesses surfaced. We learned that a big rig came up behind us and did not see the stopped traffic. With his improper brakes (charges pending Frederick County VA GDC adjudicatory hearing 04/16/2013), he probably wouldn’t have stopped in time anyway. The Jeep was behind us and took the first impact, was pushed into our car, and then landed in the guardrail of the right shoulder. With the Jeep to the right, our vehicle bounced around in front of the big rig as it kept moving and kept hitting us over and over until we bounced into the guardrail of the left shoulder. The only survivor in that Jeep was the teen my Dad pulled through the window.

The surviving teen’s family reportedly feel like they lost him in the accident too. The surviving teen will never be the person they once knew, not after watching that Jeep go up in fire with his young mom and his schoolmate still inside.

This happened over 3 months ago. I still hear those boys’ screams. I still smell the stench of burning people. After seeing firsthand how a Jeep can turn two living speaking humans into two dead silent skeletons before our eyes, I am angry that these Jeeps are on the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started an investigation of these Jeeps in 2009. Sign this petition to get the 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees, which have the gas tank behind the rear axle, off the road immediately and for good. People are surviving all kinds of traffic accidents only to tragically gruesomely burn to death after the accident.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. https://change.org/JeepFires

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer

      https://change.org/jeepfires
      The most important desperate plea you will get this month.
      Click Here To Sign: https://Change.org/JeepFires

    2. https://Change.org/JeepFires

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer

      TGIF? Skyler's loved ones would probably enjoy it more had Skyler not have burned to death.

    3. Change.org/JeepFires - Please sign in honor of Skyler's very short life.

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer

      Change.org/JeepFires

      Posted on Saturday 09/20/2014 in the comments of Change.org/JeepFires From Seana, Skyler's Mom, Coughlin SPRINGFIELD, MA

      I am Skyler's Mother. I will fight for justice against the evil wrongdoing that robbed my precious son of a beautiful and successful life, my daughter of a life with her best friend brother and Skyler's father and I of an inspired life with our amazing son, as well as all of our family and all of Skyler's friends that love and miss Skyler every second of every day. I will pursue change so that this never happens to another innocent person trying to make the world a better place, trusting in others to do the same, while receiving the opposite from people they trust in, such as Jeep Chrysler, to make safe and trustworthy automobiles for us all to drive in safely. If Jeep Chrysler won't protect the same people that trust in them to do so by purchasing their cars, then we need to come together and stand united and force them to make changes and protect their consumers instead of take the rosk in allowing them to be killed so that they can benefit through evil profits and lies. True love and pure justice and equal rights must prevail. If it won't happen from the hearts and conscious minds and spirits from Jeep Chrysler top dog evil employees naturally, because it is the right thing to do, then we must fight for it. Evil can not win over love and light and truth. We can not let it. TEAM SKY!

    4. Dear Kind Ladies and Gentlemen,

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer

      We have worked together to bring attention to the horrific Jeep fires killing people in faulty-designed Jeeps. Everyone told me it couldn't be done but we did get the nation talking and things were absolutely done. I am extremely sorry to inform you that our work isn't quite over, but if we stick together we will get there.

      I have two very important requests for you today. First, we need as many supporters to comment on this USA Today article as possible. The message we need to send to them is something to the tone of, "Great job, Editorial Board! Condolences to the families of the horrific secret deals and back scratching of GM and NHTSA. Now is the time to bring justice to the innocent people have perished in their dangerous Jeeps as well. Over 4 thousand people at Change.org think so. Please help bring light to the disgusting travesty of the Jeep and NHTSA secret deals. Please help bring justice to Skyler, the 17-year-old who burned to death while waiting for the recall process to at least inform his parents of his increased risk of death in the dangerous Jeep." You get the idea. Here's the link:

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/09/16/gm-ignition-switch-recall-auto-safety-nhtsa-editorials-debates/15745713/

      My second very important request is that, if you haven't already, go to change.org/JeepFires and sign your name with the thousands demanding justice in Skyler's death while US DOT, NHTSA, and Jeep were busy sweeping the "recall" out of sight and out of mind. Again:

      http://www.change.org/JeepFires

      Won't you please help with these 2 very important requests?

      Visit the above two web sites. Please leave your comment at USA Today about your concerns about the Jeep conspiracy, which very closely mimics the GM conspiracy.

      Please sign the petition at Change.org/JeepFires requesting justice in the homicide of Skyler Anderson-Coughlin.

      Two Sites:
      1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/09/16/gm-ignition-switch-recall-auto-safety-nhtsa-editorials-debates/15745713/

      2. http://Change.org/JeepFires

      Car safety watchdog turns to lapdog: Our view

      When car companies like GM act so deplorably, NHTSA is needed more than ever. Years before GM cars with faulty ignition switches were linked to a series of fatal accidents, the nation's car safety watchdog had chance after chance to spot the defect and push General Motors to recall its deadly cars.

    5. Please Save An Innocent Life By Signing At Https://Change.org/JeepFires

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer

      https://Change.org/JeepFires

      In today's NY Times article "Regulator Slow To Respond To Deadly Vehicle Defects" (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/15/business/regulator-slow-to-respond-to-deadly-vehicle-defects.html?_r=2), they refer to the recent inaction of NHTSA in protecting us against Chrysler Jeep... "In one recent case, the agency threatened to flex its statutory muscles but in the end backed down. In June 2013 the agency asked Chrysler to conduct a recall of about 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Liberties because of the gas tank problem. If the automaker did not comply, the agency said, it would publish a public notice describing the defects, its investigation into the matter and the scheduling of a public meeting. After the public meeting, N.H.T.S.A. could have legally forced a recall. But the agency struck a deal with Chrysler instead."

      Over 3,000 people have signed a new petition asking those at NHTSA and the US DOT, who are responsible for the latest Jeep fire death, nearly a year after the so-called "recall," be arrested for homicide. Won't you please consider signing at https://Change.org/JeepFires . Your signature could mean the difference between these murderers being held responsible or just continuing to be led by their greed, even at the price of innocent people burning to death on our highways.

      https://Change.org/JeepFires

      Thank you so much. If you've already signed the new petition for the arrest of these fat cats then I am forever grateful and am just bringing your attention to the latest NY Times article on the travesty.

      https://change.org/JeepFires

    6. We Can, and Will, Expose Their Homicidal Actions via Change.org/JeepFires

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to Suzanne Mathews of Siloam Springs, AR. She reminded us of famous quote in our new petition comments that is applicable to the corporate and government corruption our petition addresses...

      “Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.” ― Robert F. Kennedy

      I'm sorry to bother you; however, if Skyler wouldn't have died in that Jeep fire while corporate execs and our government officials were stalling the recall we asked for last year, I wouldn't be writing to you. Unfortunately, he is in his grave forever.

      We are almost at 3,000 signatures. If you've signed I thank you more than words can say. If you haven't signed, please consider doing so at:
      https://change.org/JeepFires

      Please tell a friend, share on your facebook, or post on your twitter. Lives literally hang in the balance. I dread the news about the next innocent victim who dies in a Jeep fire.

      Thank you kindly for your valuable time taken to read this message, from the bottom of my heart.

    7. Dangerous Jeep "Recall" Still Sputtering - Too Late For Skyler

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer

      Over a year ago, you supported my petition to get Dangerous Jeeps off the road before more people die in fires. We managed to get the attention of Chrysler and top government officials and a "recall" negotiated. Albeit unsatisfactory to most safety advocates, at least something would be done. At least dangerous Jeep owners would be notified of the increased risk of fire in their vehicle. NOT.

      Chrysler, NHTSA, and US DOT have wasted over a year barely doing anything to even inform the public of this danger. During that time, just after the "deal" was made, the head of NHTSA went to work for a ProChrysler law firm!

      Also during that time, a bright young teenager, Skyler Coughlin-Anderson, drove his family's Jeep regularly, including to his death on November 10, 2013.

      When interviewed by the press, Skyler's father sadly stated if he had only known that his Jeep was prone to fire... In a memorial service for Skyler, his mother stated that Skyler would want everyone to try their best to be responsible and to be safe.

      After agreeing to the recall in June 2013, at the very least, these Jeep owners should have known but the endless stall tactics by Chrysler, NHTSA, and US DOT prevented him from knowing anything. Let's honor what Skyler would've wanted and encourage other corporate executives to be responsible by arresting those who weren't. Please let Skyler's gruesome fiery death be the last! Please sign the petition asking for the criminal executives to be held responsible in the face of overwhelming evidence against them.

      Sign this petition. Please. The next gruesome fiery death could be someone you love.

      https://www.change.org/p/attorney-general-eric-h-holder-jr-and-da-james-c-orenstein-please-be-responsible-as-public-servants-and-arrest-the-real-criminals-who-were-reckless-and-negligent-in-the-gruesome-homicide-of-an-innocent-teenager-skyler-coughlin-anderson

    8. Laurie Oristian, Jeep owner interviewed, is one of the petition signers.

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer
      Chrysler Agrees To Major Recall Of Jeeps At Risk Of Fire

      DETROIT (CBS/AP) - Chrysler abruptly agreed to recall 2.7 million older model Jeeps Tuesday, reversing a defiant stance and avoiding a possible public relations nightmare over fuel tanks that can rupture and cause fires in rear-end collisions.

    9. Cameron in San Diego does a great job as a concerned consumer...

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer
      Chrysler Agrees To Major Recall Of Jeeps At Risk Of Fire

      DETROIT (CBS/AP) - Chrysler abruptly agreed to recall 2.7 million older model Jeeps Tuesday, reversing a defiant stance and avoiding a possible public relations nightmare over fuel tanks that can rupture and cause fires in rear-end collisions.

    10. Change.org Works!

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer
      Chrysler Agrees To Major Recall Of Jeeps At Risk Of Fire

      DETROIT (CBS/AP) - Chrysler abruptly agreed to recall 2.7 million older model Jeeps Tuesday, reversing a defiant stance and avoiding a possible public relations nightmare over fuel tanks that can rupture and cause fires in rear-end collisions.

    11. USA Today

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer
      Chrysler caves in, recalls 2.7 million Jeeps feds sought

      Chrysler has decided to comply with a government request that it recall the 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty for gas tank fire risk. A 2002 Grand Cherokee is shown. (Photo: Chrysler via AP) Chrysler Group has done an about face and says it will recall 2.7 million Jeeps, as the government had requested.

    12. Jeep Owners Attempt To Return Jeep Vehicles

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer
      Owners Attempt To Return Jeep Vehicles

      FAIRFAX, Va., (WUSA) --After a few final touches, and some reinforcement from 127,000 people who signed her petition. "This is the petition to NHTSA and Chrysler and the Department of Transportation to ask for the recall," says Jenelle Embrey.

    13. Free Press At The Heart Of The Debate - Detroit, MI

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer
      Deadline looms for Chrysler response to NHTSA's Jeep recall request

      Chrysler's formal response detailing its refusal to recall of 2.7 million Jeep SUVs is due today, and likely will be more comprehensive than the three-page white paper the company posted on its media site earlier this month.

    14. Deadline Looms For Chrysler's Official Response To NHTSA's Recall Request

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer
      Deadline looms for Chrysler to agree to recall Jeeps

      SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- To many Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUV owners, a proposed recall is a matter of life and death. But Chrysler and its parent company Fiat don't see it that way. On Tuesday we may find out how this is all resolved.

    15. Consumers' opinion of Jeep plummeted from 0 to -6 on the BrandIndex chart.

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer
      NHTSA asks for Liberty, Grand Cherokee recall. Jeep says 'no.'

      The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked Jeep to recall 2.7 million vehicles due to a potentially dangerous design issue in some Grand Cherokee and Liberty models. But Jeep pushed back saying the risk of an incident was too small. That isn't sitting well with consumers, according to a new survey.

    16. Gandhi's seven deadly sins or blunders include: Commerce without Morality.

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer
      Chrysler Gambling on Jeep Recall Refusal

      Saturday, June 8, 2013 << Back to blog home Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members: CNN article and accompanying videos do an excellent job of alerting the public to the life or death problem of Chrysler Jeep fires. See http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/07/opinion/ditlow-chrysler-recall/index.html?hpt=hp_t4 More than 100,000 people so far have signed petition for recall.

    17. MotorTrend's TruckTrend Magazine

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer

      Chrysler to NHTSA: Jeep Recall Request is Flawed and Wrong

      Chrysler continues to call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's request for a recall of 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Liberty SUVs flawed and wrong. "The subject vehicles are not defective and their fuel systems do not pose an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety in rear-impact collisions," the company said in a rebuttal to NHTSA.

    18. NHTSA Drops the Hammer on Chrysler Jeeps

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer
      Jeep faces perilous path in court of public opinion by balking at recall

      Jenelle Embrey and her father watched in horror last fall as as two people were burned alive in a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee that had been hit by a semi-truck traveling at 65 m.p.h. on a Virginia interstate.

    19. Chrysler, Profits Over People's Lives

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer
      Chrysler, profits over people's lives

      Editor's note: Clarence Ditlow is executive director of the Center for Auto Safety. His group petitioned the government to recall 1993 to 2004 Cherokee and 2002 to 2007 Liberty model Jeeps.

    20. Local Woman Shocked About Chrysler's Decision Not to Recall Jeeps

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer
      Local Woman Shocked About Chrysler's Decision Not to Recall Jeeps

      A local woman is shocked by Chrysler's decision not to recall nearly three million Jeep Grand Cherokees. For months, TV3 has been following this woman's efforts to get these vehicles off the road. Jenelle Embrey says this is a minor set back, but she is not giving up despite Chrysler refusing the government's request for that recall.

    21. The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer
      Witness: Whole Jeep went up in flames - CNN.com Video

      Witnesses recall a fatal accident involving a Jeep and explain why they are pushing for Chrysler to recall vehicles.

    22. Chrysler Says No To NHTSA Recall Request

      Jenelle Embrey
      Petition Organizer
      Chrysler Says No To NHTSA Recall Request

      WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Tonight, a follow up to our year long investigation into the safety of certain Jeep models. Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA sent a letter to Chrysler asking the company to recall the remaining 2.7 million 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002 to 2007 Jeep Liberty SUVs still out on the roads.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Marilyn Wagner PERRY, GA
      • 2 months ago

      No families or person should have to go through a horrible thing like a fire. My husband was burned by a furnace explosion & what he went through was bad enough. Actually being in a vehicle & being burned is unthinkable.!~!~! Jeep must be made to change their vehicles so no one is ever burned.!~!~!

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    • wayne moore BOOTHWYN, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      As an owner of a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee I personally experienced a rear end accident at approximately 35 miles an hour while my vehicle was stopped at a red light. The gas tank was pierced and subsequently had to be replaced. The bumper displayed only minor damage and the damage to gas tank was not immediately known as the vehicle was able to be driven from the scene. The striking ford escort was towed from the scene and subsequently a total loss. It wasn't until two days later when the autobody shop was open the damage to the gas tank was discovered, and this vehicle is not included as part of the recall?

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    • Cody Fowler CHARLOTTE, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      I own a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Larado and this is the first ive heard of this. If the recall has passed then why are jeep owners not being notified to bring there jeep in to be worked on?

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    • Cynthia Vescio BOLTON, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a mother of a two year old girl and drive a 2006 Jeep Liberty. I am terrified to drive it after learning this and at the same time don't feel good about selling it to someone else who can then be harmed or killed.

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    • Beth Good STAUNTON, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have a 2007 jeep liberty

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