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A recall from the past, ...a death, ...and now a lawsuit.

We know that Jeep has been at the center of some pretty high profile cases involving its recalls. We all love Jeep, but sometimes factory defects, poor engineering, or a mishap in the design or production forces a manufacturer to recall parts, systems, or even entire vehicles to fix the issues. Some cases such as the Star Trek Movie Star Anton Yelchin, are about as high profile as they get.

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But just as tragic, yet not in the headlines for nearly as long, is the death of a NW man by a different Jeep recall. The Portland Oregon mother of a man who died when his Jeep Patriot stalled on Interstate 84 in Idaho, has filed an $11 million lawsuit against Chrysler and the dealership that sold him the SUV. Beth Richmond's lawsuit claims the 2012 Patriot her son bought was defective -- a faulty tube in the fuel system prevented fuel from feeding the engine, forcing 32-year-old Jason Richmond to pull to the side of the freeway. He was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler semi-trailer truck on Aug. 31, 2013 -- nearly one year after he bought the SUV, according to the lawsuit filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court. An FCA spokesman declined to comment about the specifics of the lawsuit, but said (QUOTE) “the company's vehicles meet or exceed all applicable federal safety standards and have excellent safety records."

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Richmond bought the Jeep at Jake Sweeney Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge in September 2012, according to the suit. The Ohio dealership didn't return a call seeking a comment. In April 2013, Chrysler issued a recall of some 2012 Patriots because of the potential for the SUVs to stall because of the fuel-transfer problem. The company was going to start contacting owners, according to website cars.com. It's unclear whether Richmond received notice. More than four months after the recall announcement, his Jeep stalled because of the fuel-transfer problem and forced Richmond to a stop on the side of I-84 near Glenns Ferry, about 75 miles southeast of Boise Idaho. According to police, he was standing by the driver's side door of his Jeep and working with a tow-truck driver when the semi-truck struck him. Richmond died at the scene.

The lawsuit doesn't list semi driver Volodymyr Boyko, 57, of Portland as a defendant, but It's unclear why.

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The suit seeks $1 million for Jason‘s pain and suffering immediately before his death, $5 million for pecuniary loss and $5 million for loss of society, companionship and services. According to his obituary, Jason Richmond was born in Portland Oregon and attended the Centennial School District and Mt. Hood Community College. He had been most recently living and working in Utah. On behalf of all of us here the The Jeep Talk Show, our deepest sympathies go out to The Richmond family for their loss.

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Got SIX?!? This company does.

A Chinese company by the name of G. Patton has unveiled a 6x6 variant of the Jeep Wrangler which it dubs the Tomahawk. Showcased at the Chengdu Auto Show, the car takes a standard Wrangler and adds an extra axle at the rear to make it reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6. In order to create the Tomahawk, G. Patton cut the Jeep behind the C-pillar and then added an enclosed pickup truck bed. It also went about outfitting the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine with a supercharger and custom exhaust. Even though there hasn’t been any performance figures released yet, the added grunt should help offset the added weight, making this 6xJeep very fun to drive. Much of the vehicle's exterior styling remains unchanged from the Wrangler with the exception of a bespoke front fascia and grille and some tweaks to the rear to blend in that pickup bed. A set of 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 35-inch Mickey Thompson MT’s, and if 6 of those isnt enough to get it out of trouble, it’s got a remote-controlled WARN Zeon 10-s Winch. The interior is also standard Jeep with this initial display model bathed in orange surfaces and a LLLLOT of leather. IF….and thats a biiiig IF the G. Patton Tomahawk does make its way into production, it will be sold exclusively in China. And i’m sure at a price tag of “if you have to ask…”
If you’d like to get a closer look of this beast, we’ll post up a link to the nicely done HQ slideshow on youtube in the show notes of this episode. That’ll take you inside and out.
https://youtu.be/S5AGAjIZkvI

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