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No Wrangler Recall (at least not yet)

There have been questions about whether there will be a recall of the Jeep Wrangler after 615 complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about fuel spillage problems in the 2007 and 2008 Jeep Wrangler. Reportedly, the problem is that when you refuel the Jeep Wrangler gas spills from the tank because the mechanism that turns off the gas pump, that we are all familiar with, does not work. As a result, there is nothing that stops the fuel from spilling over onto the ground, all over the car or even on the person doing the refueling, once the tank is full. NHTSA received so many complaints that the agency opened up its own investigation in August 2010 to look into the matter.

Chrysler maintains that this problem is only when the plastic o-ring on the inlet check valve swells from receiving a fuel with a concentration of ethanol that is over 10 percent.

I don’t know the answer. Either way, I don’t expect many or even any injuries from this. The possibility of a recall might be of great interest to consumer protection lawyers but is not on the radar screen of product liability lawyers.

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