Chrysler Refuses to Recall Jeeps Over Fuel Tank Fires
NHTSA urges automaker to recall 2.7M vehicles
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2013 1:26 AM CDT
Rows of 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokees are lined up outside the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.    (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

(Newser) – Chrysler has rejected the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's request to recall 2.7 million older Jeeps, saying that it believes the agency's concerns about fuel tank fires are unfounded. The NHTSA asked Chrysler to recall 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys after a probe into rear-end crashes and fires that caused at least 51 deaths involving the vehicles, Reuters reports.

Plastic gas tanks behind the axles can be punctured and catch fire when the vehicles are hit from behind, which is a "defect that presents an unreasonable risk to safety," the NHTSA said, urging Chrysler to reconsider its position, the Detroit News. Chrysler says it believes the agency's findings are based on an "incomplete analysis of the underlying data." The NHTSA can still order a recall, but it will require a court order to do so.

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Jun 7, 2013 5:17 AM CDT
Our government (is it ours?) bailed out this company, and now Chrysler thumbs its nose at us. I think a boycott is in order.
Jun 6, 2013 7:07 PM CDT
Jeeps are hot sellers
Jun 5, 2013 8:27 PM CDT
I personally like Jeep products and have owned several. I have never owned one and am NOT a Chrysler fan and when the company was Daimler Chrysler it's customer service - STUNK! We had a Dodge truck that had numerous defects and problems (something like 30 problems and 10-15 trips to the dealership) and should have been taken back as a LEMON (even our dealer was appologetic) but some D-C guy with a Kraut name, probably in Deutschland, that never saw the vehicle, said that everything was fine and denied our claim. Location of the Jeep's fuel tank may be limited by vehicle's size and the federal government's own policy and laws that mandate manufacturers use lighter material (plastic vs steel fuel tanks) to meet federal mileage standards. If it's REALLY a problem you will soon be seeing on late night television ads from some smuck attorney, with his 800 number, to join a class action suit against Chrysler....