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Capitalism & the Bottom Line

Last week we received an announcement in the mail that our Jeep had a recall on it. Apparently the gas tank is too exposed when the vehicle is involved in a collision from the rear. We were urged to set up an appointment at our local Dodge/Jeep/Chrysler dealer online and have it repaired. Hubby went straight online and set up a date to go in, he left our information and we received a call back from then. After letting us know that the first date we had opted for was not available they set us up with another date. Today hubby took the truck in for the repairs.

He was a bit shocked when they connected a hitch to the back of the Jeep. That was their solution for the gas tank being too exposed. A few inches of reprieve in case we are ever rear ended. Rather interesting fix to a seemingly dangerous problem.

So the bottom line for the company was that they had to recall the vehicles with this particular problem and solve the problem as cheaply as they could. Hence the cheap addition of a trailer hitch (under $20 I bet) was their solution.

That is my example of capitalism and the bottom line for the day.

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Kasman wrote on July 13, 2015, 4:39 PM

Cold hard cash is the name of the game and these big companies didn't get big and profitable by giving anything away!

msiduri wrote on July 13, 2015, 5:39 PM

Yeah, 'cause you know a trailer hitch will stop almost anything. Oh, that would be funny if it weren't so... tacky.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 13, 2015, 5:49 PM

It should do the job and made your vehicle worth more later on also. They could fix my blazer like that lol

Shellyann36 wrote on July 13, 2015, 7:11 PM

That is exactly right. They have to make that money to produce all of those crazy Dodge commercials.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 13, 2015, 7:12 PM

LOL I know right! I do hope that we never find out.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 13, 2015, 7:14 PM

I have not even gone outside to look at the hitch. I wonder how sturdy it is.

BarbRad wrote on July 13, 2015, 7:39 PM

It will probably taking some getting used to when you try parallel parking. It won't be useful for its intended purpose unless your vehicle is heavy enough to tow something.

msiduri wrote on July 13, 2015, 7:42 PM

I do, too.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 13, 2015, 7:55 PM

That is a strange solution! But I'll tell you, hubby looked into a trailer hitch earlier this year and it was a lot more than $20, just for the hardware itself! I think it would have cost us close to $200, to buy one and have it installed.

allen0187 wrote on July 13, 2015, 7:59 PM

The bottom line is the most important thing for capitalist companies such as this. Sad but true.

nerdieeds wrote on July 13, 2015, 9:11 PM

What? I can't believe that. They informed you about it to earn extra revenue.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 14, 2015, 12:45 AM

Depending on the hitch it was likely closer to $100 than $20 but otherwise I take your point. It seems an odd and I would think ineffective fix to the problem.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 14, 2015, 1:20 AM

Hubby said it is not a heavy duty hitch and it does not stick out far.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 14, 2015, 1:24 AM

I will have to look in daylight and then look up the prices online.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 14, 2015, 1:26 AM

Yes their bottom line come first. Getting out of it as cheaply as possible.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 14, 2015, 1:28 AM

Sorry for the misunderstanding. It is a recall on the vehicle, meaning something was wrong with it and they had to fix it. They paid for the fix but it was quite an odd fix for the presumed problem. We did not pay for anything out of our pocket.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 14, 2015, 1:29 AM

Like my hubby said if we get rear ended the person will hit the hitch and the hitch will hit the gas tank.

agvulpes wrote on July 14, 2015, 9:07 AM

I just hope for your sake that it someone does 'rearend ' your Jeep that is slap bang in the middle :) Sure hope it never happens to find out emoticon :smile: btw: What would have happened if you had refused to accept that particular recall fix ? Did you check with Jeep to see if that was the legit fix ?

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 14, 2015, 1:00 PM

I found this in an article on the CBSNews website. "NHTSA tested the trailer hitch solution in 2014 and reported it provided incremental safety benefits in low to moderate speed crashes..." ( © 2015 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. so it sounds legit.

CoralLevang wrote on July 14, 2015, 3:19 PM

I don't think that "easy fixes" are limited to capitalistic, evil companies.
Human beings will do just enough to get buy. Look at workers.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 14, 2015, 11:21 PM

Thanks for the link. The articles says it is safe for low and moderate speed crashes. People were also being turned away from dealerships refusing to fix them because they said nothing was wrong with them. One lawsuit filed against the company was from a death of a woman who had gone to her local dealership the day before and had been turned away. How very sad.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 14, 2015, 11:24 PM

I hope that never happens. If I would have refused to accept it and had an accident I probably would not be able to hold the company liable for any wrong doing in case of a lawsuit. Yes it is legit. Their easy way of solving a problem that has caused several deaths by fire.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 14, 2015, 11:26 PM

It does seem that way at times doesn't it?

scheng1 wrote on July 15, 2015, 8:51 AM

I think that is a lazy way to deal with the problem. You probably are better off selling off the truck and get another brand of truck.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 15, 2015, 9:20 PM

It could be that prices are just a lot higher here. We're in Canada, and prices can be 60% higher than in the US. But we also live in a rural area, where extreme markups are quite common.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 15, 2015, 9:38 PM

From what I read, if the vehicles were manufactured before a certain year, even if they had the flaw, the dealers and manufacturer couldn't be compelled to fix them.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 18, 2015, 3:50 AM

I will have to hold onto this one for a while longer.

AliCanary wrote on July 18, 2015, 2:51 PM

Isn't it weird that they would still even be designing automobiles with such DUH problems? Sheesh.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 18, 2015, 6:43 PM

That is very true but my take is that they got called on it that they even started fixing the problem. If they had not had lawsuits due to deaths they would have left them all the way they are.

RonElFran wrote on July 25, 2015, 11:49 PM

I'm not sure what I think of that. I can certainly see the company's point of view. But what if the customer doesn't want a hitch on their jeep? It does seem like an odd kind of solution.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 28, 2015, 2:39 PM

I don't mind the hitch but I don't see how it is going to stop the gas tank from exploding. It might delay the tank exploding but I think that might be it.