According to ABC News, various models of Jeeps are designed in a way that could be fatally dangerous in the event of a rear-end accident. The fuel tank is located behind the rear axle, and if the vehicle is rear ended the axle could puncture the fuel tank. This rupture can cause deadly fires. It has been reported that 15 people have burned to death as a result of rear-impact crashes.
Chrysler recently announced plans to recall nearly 210,000 Jeep Liberty vehicles because of a dangerous auto defect that may result in a loss of vehicle control by the driver. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall affects certain SUVs from model years 2004 and 2005 which may be equipped with rear lower control arms that can experience a rear suspension lower control arm fracture due to excessive corrosion caused by road salt used in certain states. Chrysler reported that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.