NHTSA Incredibly OKs Chrysler's Refusal of Jeep Fuel Tank Recall
Before you get to thinking “the Chrysler Group is refusing to recall dangerous vehicles” we should offer some background on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty recall which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued and the Chrysler Group refused. The NHTSA issued the order to Chrysler to recall 2.7 million Jeep models from the 1993 through 2007 model years after a lengthy investigation into a concern that these vehicles were prone to fire in the event of a specific type of impact. Chrysler was quick to point out that those vehicles included in the NHTSA mandated recall met or exceeded all government safety standards and that these vehicles were no more prone to fires than any other vehicle from that era with a similar fuel tank setup – of which there were quite a few.
A few weeks after that initial refusal of the NHTSA ordered recall of the 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee and the 2002-2007 Liberty, the Chrysler Group had a slight change of tune as they issued a new statement that they would recall those vehicles to address the NHTSA concerns while still maintaining that there was no flaw with the design or components of those affected Jeep SUVs. However, the Chrysler Group was technically issuing a different recall for the same problem and their take on things only saw about 1.56 million of those initial 2.7 million Jeeps recalled. At first, the NHTSA was at odds with the Chrysler Group over their refusing the original recall order and taking their own approach but now that months of discussions have taken place – the US federal government has approved Chrysler’s approach to the perceived fuel tank problem.