Chrysler refuses recall

Remington Walden
Posted at 5:48 PM, Jun 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-06 05:14:07-04

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL)--Chrysler is refusing to recall 2.7 million sports utility vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says some Jeep models can burst into flames in rear end crashes.

This comes a year after a Bainbridge boy was killed while riding in one of the vehicles.

This bright-eyed little boy was on his way to a tennis lesson on March 6, 2012 but never made it there.

"This beautiful four year old boy, he's not there in their lives anymore," said attorney Leigh Martin May. "It's just devastating and the fact that these vehicles are still on the road and other people are getting injured or killed."

Remington Walden was killed after a truck hit the back of a Jeep Grand Cherokee he was riding in.

An attorney for the parents' of the four year old boy says it's not the crash itself that killed him, it's the fire that started afterwards. It's being blamed on the location of the fuel tank.

"The passenger in the car exits, it's going to make contact directly with the fuel tank and that's the problem that caused Remington's death," said May.

Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked Chrysler to recall the Jeep Grand Cherokee in model years 1993-2004and Jeep Liberty models 2002 to 2007. The Chrysler Group is refusing.

The following is a statement from the company:

"Chrysler Group has been working and sharing data with the agency on this issue since September 2010. The company does not agree with NHTSA's conclusions and does not intend to recall the vehicles cited in the investigation. The subject vehicles are safe and are not defective."

You can follow this link to see the full Chrysler response.