The child pictured above caught on fire, while secured in her child seat, in the Jeep on the other side of the picture. The fire was due to the trailer hitch puncturing the black plastic gas tank of that 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Our very own US President's first new car was a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the same exact faulty design. Imagine the change in history had his JGC been rear ended. Review the video in the news section below for proof this was President Obama's first new vehicle.
On June 4, 2013, Chrysler publicized, “The safety of drivers and passengers has long been the first priority for Chrysler brands and that commitment remains steadfast", said Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC. “The company stands behind the quality of its vehicles. All of us remain committed to continue working with NHTSA to provide information confirming the safety of these vehicles. Chrysler Group’s position on this matter is clear."
On that same day of 06/04/2013, Omar Delarosa died while sitting in his 1993 Jeep Cherokee which was rear ended and burst into flames in Houston Texas.
You may have read the horrific story posted on my previous petition regarding the fires caused by certain Jeeps having their gas tanks located in the crush zones of those vehicles. There are many terrible stories of 349 fatal fire crashes of 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees, 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys. These all have resulted in 478 deaths, at least 157 of which are deaths due to fire. There has not been one single confirmed fire death since Chrysler moved the fuel tanks from behind the rear axle in 2005 for the Grand Cherokee and 2008 for the Liberty. Not one single fire death!
After working very hard on spreading the word to folks to sign my petition at change.org/dangerousjeeps, over 128,000 concerned citizens signed in support of recalling dangerous Jeeps. NHTSA and Chrysler felt the public pressure mounting. Although extremely defiant initially, demonstrations by change.org supporters across the nation in the final hours caused Chrysler to change their position and do a recall.
This sounds like a wonderful historic Corporate Giant moment to give hope to ordinary citizens across the nation. Our government officials, who are supposed to represent us, should've taken those 128,000 signatures into consideration and met with me as I had requested. Unfortuantely, instead, DOT and NHTSA officials made special arrangements to meet secretly with Chrysler and came up with a deal to save Chrysler's name and to assist Chrysler in their defense against families whose loved ones have already burned to death while sitting in their dangerous Jeeps.
I want Corporate Giants like Chrysler to know that we are not fools. We do remember the recent 10 billion dollar bailout and in return we expect a minimum of concern for our safety relating to dangerous Jeeps. We aren't willing to exclude 5 years of Jeep Grand Cherokees from the recall to save Chrysler money. We aren't willing to exclude Jeep Cherokees from the recall. We will not accept a trailer hitch as the recall modification when these accessories themselves have been known to cause Jeep fires!
When someone dies from a mistake, we can call that an accident. When dozens of people die over the course of several years from that same mistake, we should call it what it is - murder. We will not tolerate continuous murdering of innocent families to benefit Chrysler's bottom line.
I have an appointment to meet with the top official of NHTSA, the first week of July, and hope to have a lot of signatures on this new petition to let NHTSA and Chrysler know that we will not move on just because a recall has been announced. People Are Burning To Death! We Will Monitor The Recall Agreements!