The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Chrysler are currently making waves in our daily news feeds due to a disagreement over the safety of a few million Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee models. Specifically, NHTSA has asked Chrysler to recall the SUVs because of the location of their fuel tanks, but you may be interested to know that requests such as this are nothing new.

Besides the two Jeep models, NHTSA has launched investigations over the years in such models as the Ford Crown Victoria (and its police-car counterpart), GM pickups built between 1972 and 1987, and rather famously the Ford Pinto.

Understanding how automakers and NHTSA have dealt with fuel-tank-safety concerns in the past may offer a better understanding of how Chrysler and the government agency will settle their current dispute. Check out the complete article from The Detroit News here.


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      traction_control
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM’s 1973-1987 Rounded-Line C/K-Series pickups were found not to be as dangerous as some people (lawyers, etc) would have hoped. NBC’s Dateline could not get them to catch fire in a side collision, so they staged a crash and forced the pickup to catch fire by poorly fitting the gas cap and setting off an incendiary device. Which is way you should never believe everything the news tells you.
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      nassau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Odd that the sequester did not affect this "investigation," but it hit the Whit House tours, flight controllers and now cancer patients.
      SYE
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have nothing to add about gas tanks but that first gen Jeep Grand Cherokee was an amazing design. What an icon.
      CACressida
      • 1 Year Ago
      My Cressida has a rear mounted gas tank, you don't ever hear about Cressidas blowing up..
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        @CACressida
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        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CACressida
        Never heard of it. Like a Camry spelled wrong?
          FoxJ30
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          Toyota's Cressida was a rear wheel drive sedan with the Supra's inline-6. It was the top of the line Toyota before they came out with Lexus branding. It was sold in the US until 1992, always as the top model Toyota. The Avalon is more or less its direct replacement, though it's targeted more towards the luxury crowd. Think of the Cressida as the Japanese equivalent of a 5-series from that time. My parents had two of them, but they are getting increasingly rare.
      wilkegm
      • 1 Year Ago
      They could always find some place to fit a 2gal fuel cell, and offer that as a fix. I wonder how many incidents would remain after you subtract any where the rear frame boxes were excessively weakened by rust. We are talking about some old vehicles here.
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