Chrysler will not heed NHTSA request to recall Jeep models

Article by Anita Panait, on June 5, 2013

Chrysler Group has no intention to comply with a request from the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recall up to 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty sports utility vehicles to address safety concerns with the their fuel systems. According to Chrysler, it received a letter from NHTSA that proposes for a recall of 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Liberty vehicles, since they have defective fuel systems that could cause a safety risk in rear-impact collisions.

In a statement, Chrysler said it does not agree with NHTSA's conclusions, adding that the vehicles concerned are “safe and are not defective." The carmaker remarked that it has been sharing data on the issue with NHTSA since September 2010. It said in the statement that it believes NHTSA's initial conclusions are founded on an “incomplete analysis of the underlying data,” adding that it is committed to continue working with the agency to resolve the disagreement.

In a related document, Chrysler claimed that its analysis showed fire incidents entailing the vehicles occurred "less than one time for every million years of vehicle operation." In NHTSA’s letter to Chrysler dated June 3, 2013, the agency said its investigation "revealed numerous fire-related deaths and injuries." It remarked that its defect investigation office believes that the concerned vehicles "contain defects related to motor vehicle safety."

NHTSA Administrator David Strickland reiterated concerns about the vehicles in a statement Tuesday, saying that the agency’s data shows the Jeep models “may contain a defect that presents an unreasonable risk to safety.” He remarked that NHTSA is actively probing the issue and is requesting Chrysler to initiate a safety recall and notify all affected owners. He added that NHTSA hopes that Chrysler will reconsider its position. [source: Chrysler]

Topics: chrysler, nhtsa, jeep, recall

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