A two year investigation by federal safety regulators has resulted in a demand for Chrysler Group LLC to recall 2.7 million vehicles for defective fuel tanks that can supposedly explode after a rear-end crash. However, according to the The Los Angeles Times, Chrysler is refusing to recall the subject vehicles stating that the agency in charge of the recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is wrong and the vehicles pose no threat.
NHTSA has concluded that fuel tanks on model year 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002 to 2007 Jeep Liberty SUVs are more likely to leak and cause a fire than those on other vehicles. The tanks are located behind the rear axle and are allegedly more susceptible to damage when the vehicle is rear-ended.
The study found that at least 51 people have died in the last two decades when their vehicles caught fire due to defective fuel tanks.
Should Chrysler continue to refuse to recall the vehicles, NHTSA may formally declare there is a defect in the Jeeps. If the automaker does not issue a recall after that, NHTSA can ask the Department of Justice to sue Chrysler and force a recall.
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