Center for Auto Safety Admits Grave Concerns Over Safety of Children in Jeeps After Chrysler Refuses Federal Agency Request To Recall The Potentially Dangerous Vehicles

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked Chrysler to recall 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees. Consumer injury attorney Michael J. Evans and other prominent attorneys are adding to the chorus demanding a Jeep recall.

The Center for Auto Safety* has today revealed that it has grave concerns for the safety of children in car seats strapped into the back of Chrysler Jeeps in an interview with ABC News.

"Parents who load their children in the back seat of a Jeep Grand Cherokee every day may want to read today's headlines," says consumer injury attorney Michael J. Evans. "The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) has asked Chrysler to recall 2.7 million of the Jeeps. It comes after a long investigation found that the fuel tanks, located in the rear, are vulnerable to rupture and start a fire that can quickly engulf the whole Jeep.”

Consumer advocate Clarence Ditlow of the Centre for Auto Safety issued a statement** reading; “Chrysler’s refusal to recall 2.7 million 1993-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty vehicles places profits over safety. These modern day Pintos for soccer moms have been involved with 246 fatal fire crashes with 350 deaths, and at least 112 deaths due to fire.”

The ABC News article* goes on to offer further advice, stating; “Ditlow has some drastic advice for owners of these older-model Jeeps. ‘Drive your Jeep as infrequently as you can, and don’t put someone in the back seat.’ The Center for Auto Safety says it has documented at least three cases where young children in car seats died in a blaze after Jeeps were rear-ended.”

Attorney Gusty Yearout, senior partner at the law firm of Yearout & Traylor, P.C. agreed. "Clarence Ditlow and his organization do great work. The Center for Auto Safety was the first organization to demand a recall of the Ford Pinto, which had exploding gas tanks. The NHTSA and The Center for Auto Safety have both concluded that the car is potentially dangerous, and parents are understandably worried. It leaves owners of the car in limbo, not knowing whether it's safe to drive."

Attorney Lloyd Gathings of Gathings Law explained how NHTSA operates. "When NHTSA investigates an automobile and finds that it's dangerous, NHTSA asks the automobile company for a voluntary recall. Almost all companies comply. But if the automobile company refuses, NHTSA has the power to sue Chrysler to force a recall. A lawsuit by NHTSA against Chrysler is clearly warranted now."

Evans, Yearout and Gathings all have decades of experience representing victims of defective products such as automobiles, drugs and medical devices. They are currently investigating Jeep gas tank cases.

* -"Chrysler Won't Recall Jeeps: What Drivers Can Do", ABC News, June 5th 2013
** -"CAS Statement on Chrysler's Refusal to Recall Fire-Prone Jeeps", Center for Auto Safety, June 4th, 2013
*** -"Chrysler Defies Request for Jeep Fuel Tank Recall", LA Times, June 5th 2013
**** - "Chrysler Refuses to Recall 2.7 Million Jeep SUVs", CNNMoney, June 5th 2013
***** - "Shocker: Chrysler tells Feds "No" on Jeep Recall Request", USA Today, June 5th 2013
Quotable: "Chrysler Defies NHTSA Recall Request", AOL News, June 4th 2013

About Michael J. Evans
Michael J. Evans is an attorney and is the owner of the Law Offices of Michael J. Evans, located in Birmingham, AL 35255. Attorney Michael J. Evans has a background in mass tort and complex litigation, both locally in Alabama and nationally using the Internet. Attorney Evans has extensive experience using the Internet and social media to connect injured clients with law firms nationwide.
Attorney Michael J. Evans
Law Offices of Michael J. Evans, LLC
P.O. Box 55055
Birmingham, AL 35255

About Yearout & Traylor, P.C.
Founded in 1984, Yearout & Traylor, P.C. has two decades of experience trying cases on behalf of individuals and businesses that have been hurt or taken advantage of as the result of the wrongful conduct of others. The firm’s lawyers have a wide variety of experience in personal injury and other forms of civil litigation. For more information about the firm’s services visit their website at
J. Gusty Yearout
Yearout & Traylor, P.C.
3300 Cahaba Road, Suite 300
Birmingham, AL 35223
(855) 348-7529

About Gathings Law
Gathings Law was founded more than twenty years ago on the basic concept that every person, regardless of social or economic status, is entitled to receive the best representation in court, and a level playing field, when they enter the litigation arena. For more information about the firm’s services visit their website at

Lloyd W. Gathings
Honora Gathings
Gathings Law
2204 Lakeshore Drive
Suite 406
Birmingham, AL 35209
(877) 803-3006

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