Target: Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne
Goal: Recall jeeps deemed unsafe after reports of people being burned to death after rear-end collisions
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), whose purpose includes protecting drivers, recently issued a request to Chrysler that the company recall 2.7 million jeeps that were found to be unsafe. NHTSA’s three-year investigation of Jeep Cherokees (1993-2004 models) and Jeep Liberties (2004-2007 models) found that more than 14 complaints had been made. These complaints all featured people who had been burned to death following rear-end collisions. In the aftermath of the investigation, the agency issued a letter to Chrysler asking for the recall of the make and models in question to prevent further injuries or deaths.
Despite the facts weighing against his case, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has rejected the suggested recall, making clear his position in the process. Marchionne claims that the NHTSA investigation was “incomplete” and based upon faulty assumptions; he’s also declared that Chrysler’s internal investigation has cleared the 1993-2004 Cherokees and 2004-2007 Liberties of imminent dangers. It is in the power of NHTSA to legally oblige Chrysler to issue a recall, but that would require a court order and more wasted time while drivers are put at risk.
Marchionne’s refusal to issue the recall came after internal Chrysler accounting reported on the anticipated expense of a recall. While we would all like to give him the benefit of the doubt, it would be terrible to even consider that Marchionne is putting his company’s profit margin above the well-being and safety of his loyal customers. Please sign the petition below to demand that CEO Marchionne acquiesce to a recall of the vehicles and question in the interest of consumer safety.
Dear Sergio Marchionne:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued your company a formal request for the recall of 1993-2004 Jeep Cherokees and 2004-2007 Jeep Liberties in the interest of consumer safety. Their investigation found that gruesome deaths by inflammation had been linked to rear-collision vulnerabilities in the vehicles in question. I am disappointed to see that you have stubbornly refused to accept the recall.
While a natural risk of injury is inherent in the use of any vehicle, serious studies have indicated that certain models of your Jeep Cherokees and Liberties pose a specific danger to the well-being of those who drive them. In the name of your loyal customers, I demand that you accept the terms of the proposed recall and that you apologize for putting the margin of profit before your customers’ safety.
[Your Name Here]
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