Chrysler retracts, honors NHTSA’s request to recall nearly 2.7 million Jeep SUVs over rear-mounted fuel tank woes

Following some rather big news that Chrysler denied NHTSA’s request to recall nearly 2.7 million vehicles over fears of rear-mounted gasoline tank fires in the result of rear-end collisions, Chrysler retracted that denial and officially announced that they will honor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s request and will inspect all vehicles in question and will provide an upgrade to the rear structure “to better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts.”

Of those 2.7 million vehicles in question, they consist of 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Liberty SUVs. This investigation dates back all the way to 2010, when Center for Auto Safety executive director, Clarence Ditlow, pressured Chrysler to recall the vehicles since 2010.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

Chrysler Group and NHTSA Resolve Recall Request 

June 18, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have resolved their differences with respect to NHTSA’s request to recall 1993-2004 Jeep® Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty vehicles.

As a result of the agreement, Chrysler Group will conduct a voluntary campaign with respect to the vehicles in question that, in addition to a visual inspection of the vehicle will, if necessary, provide an upgrade to the rear structure of the vehicle to better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts.

Chrysler Group’s analysis of the data confirms that these vehicles are not defective and are among the safest in the peer group. Nonetheless, Chrysler Group recognizes that this matter has raised concerns for its customers and wants to take further steps, in coordination with NHTSA, to provide additional measures to supplement the safety of its vehicles.

Chrysler Group regards safety as a paramount concern and does not compromise on the safety of our customers and their families. 

- By: Chris Chin

Source: Chrysler via a contributing report by AutomotiveNews


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