Chrysler Recalls 2.7M Jeeps
Automaker reverses itself on fire risk
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 18, 2013 2:25 PM CDT
This 2012 photo shows the scene of a crash in Bainbridge, Ga., where a 4-year-old boy died in a fire when a Jeep Grand Cherokee was struck from the rear.   (Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP)

(Newser) – Chrysler avoided a showdown with government safety regulators today, agreeing to recall 2.7 million older Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs that could be at risk of a fuel tank fire. Earlier this month, the company defiantly refused the government's request to recall the Jeeps. But Chrysler now says it will go ahead with the recall after getting calls from concerned customers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contended that the Jeep's gas tank could rupture if hit from the rear, causing a fire. NHTSA said 51 people had died in fiery crashes in Jeeps with gas tanks positioned behind the rear axle.

The recall covers Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007. Chrysler said dealers will inspect the vehicles and install trailer hitches to protect the gas tanks. The company said vehicles without hitches will get them, as will those with broken hitches or hitches that aren't from Chrysler. In a statement, Chrysler maintained that the vehicles aren't defective, despite prior statements to the contrary from NHTSA.

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Jun 20, 2013 12:53 AM CDT
Being the taxpayers bailed Chrysler (and its unions out) will the taxpayers have to spring for ther cost of this recall? How many of these old clunkers are already at the scrap heap?
Jun 18, 2013 8:08 PM CDT
Ah, the Pinto's big brother finally reveals itself.
Jun 18, 2013 6:50 PM CDT
They do look great at dealer dealership, don't they.