After several months and continued investigations, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation of Jeep vehicle fires has expanded to the point where a recall may affect 5.1 million cars. According to International Business Times, the potential recall would be one of the largest in history depending on the engineering analysis by the NHTSA.
The NHTSA is currently investigating whether Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Cherokee, and Jeep Liberty models have a higher rate of catching fire during rear-end crashes than other SUVs. The NHTSA expanded the investigation on June 14th to include three Jeep models manufactured from 1993 through 2004. So far, analysis has shown that Jeeps are more likely to burst into flames during a rear-end-crash-related fuel tank failure than other similar vehicles. While the NHTSA Jeep fire investigation originally centered on Jeep Grand Cherokees only, the fuel tank system on other models are also being tested.
Because of the serious nature of the problem and the large number of vehicles that may be recalled, the affected models have recently been compared to the Ford Pinto, which were involved in serious rear-end accident fires in the 1970s.
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