Chrysler Recalls 2.7 Million Jeep SUVs In Surprise Reversal

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In a surprise reversal, Chrysler has agreed to recall 2.7 million Jeep SUVs, due to safety concerns raised by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government board that regulates auto safety.

jeep, chrysler, grand cherokee, recall, chrysler recallIn a surprise reversal, Chrysler has agreed to recall 2.7 million Jeep SUVs, due to safety concerns raised by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government board that regulates auto safety. Less than an hour before the announcement, reports indicated that Chrysler was preparing to formally refuse the government directive to recall the Jeeps. While the NHTSA argued that the SUVs were at risk of catching fire in rear-end collisions, due to the placement and material of the gas tank, Chrysler countered that this was selective enforcement that singled them out among other offenders.
 
Why there isn't a process to have car models pre-approved to avoid these incredibly costly recalls is beyond me, but one suspects the auto lobby has something to do with it.
 
Chrysler's decision avoids a showdown at a hearing. Apparently Chrylser determined that they would lose the hearing and/or that their cars were in fact dangerous and that their refusal to recall now would lead to costly law suits any time one of their SUVs caught fire as a result of a rear-end accident breaking open the gas tank.

The models affected are Grand Cherokees from 1993 to 2004 and Liberties from 2002 to 2007. Perhaps tellingly, the gas tank was moved forward in subsequent models for each car. The NHTSA issued a letter calling on Chrysler to do a recall one month ago.

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