Chrysler Refuses US Request to Recall Vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is refusing a request by U.S. safety regulators to recall about 2.7 million vehicles to fix fuel tanks that could leak and cause fires in rear-end collisions.

The company says it’s been asked by the government to recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007.

But Chrysler says in a statement that the SUVs are safe and not defective.

Chrysler says the request from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is based on incomplete data analysis. The company says it will work with the agency to resolve the dispute.

The agency began investigating the vehicles in 2010 at the request of an advocacy group. The group contends the gas tank position behind the axle could allow fuel to spill in a crash.

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  • alpinequeen

    It’s the 1977 Pinto all over again.

  • bagpip

    I love how the idiots have put ELECTRIC FUEL PUMPS IN the gas tank, just to be sure that any vapors CAN ignite, AND how they put the fuel system under high pressure all the way from the tank to engine.
    I know that’s what I look for in a car, a live electrical device dangling over my gas tank, AND under high pressure.

    • alpinequeen

      Fortunately, there is not enough air in a gas tank to support combustion. As the pump is submerged in the fuel, there is no chance for a fire to start. The pump is fused so the fuse will let go long before wires get too hot from an electrical overload.

  • gtimkv

    Well incase you were out of the loop, most vehicles these days have electronic fuel pumps located in the gas tank. The fuel tank is not under high pressure, otherwise we’d all be driving ticking time bombs. Unfortunately there’s pretty much no option to redesign the tank in these vehicles due to available space. People with these vehicles that are worried should contact chrysler, get a new vehicle or wear a fire retardant suit when they drive.

  • gtimkv

    I don’t know who gitty is.. But I’m guessing someone you don’t like much, based on the stupid troll comment. Sorry you took offense to my post? But just would like to point out that you did not say fuel line. Look at your post. Fuel system from tank to engine consists of much more than lines. In fact, vapors from the fuel system are purged. By next year, it will be a recall and chrysler techs will have to make 0.2 hrs putting in skid plates on all these vehicles. The part that really gets you, the customer will have a worse safety issue and be informed with a price on parts and labor, but only want their free recall part. This is what it comes down to. Chrysler will be forced to make a fix or they will go to court and it’ll blow up causing bad press. It will be fixed.