"Ana suffered not a single broken bone. Not one finger, nothing," said Murphy. "Is it unreasonably unsafe that you should have just opened the car door and walked out of this accident with, perhaps, a headache, but instead you're trapped in a burning car. Is that reasonable? Chrysler wants us to accept that as reasonable. Ana disagrees and, I think, most Americans would too."
Chrysler declined an opportunity to comment on Pena's allegations that her accident undermines its argument that its vehicles are not defective.
Incidentally, if NHTSA accepts the trailer hitch fix proposed by Chrysler, the 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee that Pena was driving that morning would not even be included because Chrysler's proposed safety recall does not include any Jeep Grand Cherokee made after 1998.
In an email to ABC News, Chrysler said those vehicles have "excellent safety records" and have "performed particularly well."