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!
We do not want Corporate Giants' attorneys making safety decisions regarding dangerous Jeeps, or otherwise. The FDA doesn’t let untested drugs on the market & NHTSA should not let untested recall remedies on the market either.
The current proposed modification of a trailer hitch in the recall of Jeeps is unacceptable. According to the Center for Auto Safety the three known children who have caught on fire in child seats in Jeeps would not have been saved by this recall. Those three children are: (1) Cassidy Jarmon caught on fire in a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a trailer hitch. According to Chrysler, trailer hitches will protect the gas tank. According to research, trailer hitches are designed to pull trailers and have no indicated usage as a protective device for a gas tank erroneously placed in the crush zone of a vehicle. Where is the data supporting otherwise? (2) Cole Hazleton died in a 1996 Cherokee. The 1993 to 2001 Cherokees are left "under investigation" at NHTSA and should've been included in this recall. They have the exact same design flaw. (3) Remington Cole Walden died in a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Although 1999-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees have the exact same design flaw and have been deemed dangerous by NHTSA, these were negotiated out of the recall in the secret meetings of how to protect Chrysler in this recall.
The fatal fire crashes cited by NHTSA engineers had 51 people burn to death – i.e, they survived the crash forces only to be trapped in the car and burned to death. I know because my Dad pulled a teenager alive out of a burning Jeep but could not get around to the other side of the Jeep to rescue his mother or friend as I described in my original petition.
Before the most recent burning deaths of several people, way back in January 2011, Ralph Nader personally brought the Jeep Grand Cherokee fuel system defect to the attention of Fiat Chief Engineer Harald Wester in Milano, Italy. Nader outlined an acceptable recall modification: Just like Ford did with the Pinto, Fiat needs to remedy the fuel tank defect of their Jeeps by installing (1) an optional frame rail reinforcement bracket on the 1993-1998 Grand Cherokee, (2) optional skid plates on all 1993-2004 Grand Cherokees that do not have them, (3) an effective check valve system to shut off the flow of gasoline if the filler hose is pulled out of the fuel tank or filler neck, and (4) additional shields to protect the fuel tank from sharp objects in the crush zone impacts. To ensure these inexpensive remedies are adequate, Fiat should conduct a public crash test program just as was done for the Ford Pinto recall.
Former NHTSA Administrator Joan Claybrook who recalled the Pinto said “the agency required Ford to crash test its proposed remedy under the new fuel tank safety standard test procedures with NHTSA engineers present before the agency approved it. It's a good thing we did because Ford's proposed remedy failed. This forced Ford to develop a safer remedy which passed. It would be irresponsible of NHTSA not to require Chrysler to do an agency witnessed crash test of Chrysler's proposed remedy given its effectiveness is highly questionable."
Present NHTSA Administrator, Anthony Foxx, can't do less than former NHTSA Administrator Claybrook. An untested Jeep recall remedy protects Chrysler and not the public. We petition for a tested recall remedy that applies to all 1993-2004 Grand Cherokees, 1993-2001 Cherokees and 2002-2007 Liberty’s. Don’t let little children like Cassidy Jarmon, Cole Hazleton and Remi Walden, die in vain.