Bob Lutz, the well-known executive with a range of automakers including both General Motors and Chrysler, says he supports Chrysler for not caving under federal pressure to issue a recall on 2.7 million Jeep vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is arguing that the plastic fuel tanks positioned behind the axles of certain 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee models and 2002-2007 Liberty models may become punctured in a collision and potentially catch fire, so it has called upon Chrysler to recall the vehicles. 15 deaths and 46 injuries have been attributed to the issue. For its part, Chrysler has maintained that its models "met and exceeded" all safety applicable mandates when they were manufactured, and furthermore, they argue that the government agency's own data proves that the vehicles are no more dangerous than similar SUVs produced by other automakers at the time. As a result, it is taking the unusual step of refusing to recall the vehicles.

According to The Detroit News, Lutz says Chrysler is right to push back when the government is out of line. Lutz also said that he wished he could have done the same when NHTSA urged Chrysler to issue a recall on certain minivans back when he was with the automaker 25 years ago.

Meanwhile, United Auto Workers Vice President General Holiefield also defended Chrysler by saying, "Our legendary Jeeps are crafted with pride by our dedicated UAW American workforce who work tirelessly to ensure the utmost quality of each Jeep that is produced for customers."

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      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      I commend Chrysler for standing up to the NHTSA's stupidity. The NHTSA is moving away from its ideals and is slowly turning into a fact-dodging, inefficient nanny state powerhouse.
        nsxrules
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Anytime the government gets involved in just about anything they make things worse....
          Justin Campanale
          • 1 Year Ago
          @nsxrules
          As a left-wing leaning libertarian, it's not so much the government getting involved in things I'm concerned about, it's more about the sheer inefficiency of these agencies which I'm worried about. The NHTSA exists for a reason, and I have to accept that. But when it goes to lengths like this recall, as well as MANDATING backup cameras in ALL cars, that's when you begin scratching your head.
      Toneron
      • 1 Year Ago
      What? A government agency "out of line"? Surely you jest!
      DanDaMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think people need to be responsible for buying CRAP products.
      churchmotor
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL, Bob Lutz and the UAW thugs sure enjoy suckling at the teet of the Government money to bail them out, but reject the Government when the Government catches their dangerous garbage that needs to be fixed.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @churchmotor
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      nsxrules
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where was nutjob Bob Lutz when the toyota UA witch-hunt was going on? That\'s right he was quiet because it affected a company he hated.
        Bergs
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nsxrules
        How many Toyota execs are praising Chrysler right now?
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nsxrules
        Toyota flat out lied and hid defects. They deserved what they got and it was a long time coming.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
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          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
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          nsxrules
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          Jesus! You are the one lying, not only was toyota not lying they were EXONERATED by Nasa and dozens of 3rtd party engineering firms.
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          WMB #1 I am a man. Boyhood left years ago. #2 All automakers have lied and swept crap under the rug. All of the Big 3 took a lot of hard flak for decades while Toyota and Honda posted TSB's for ALL of their recalls and issues and swept issues under the rug. They KNEW they had accelerator pedal problems for years. And just because NASA said they could not find anything, does not mean there wasn't anything else wrong with those vehicles. I have read stories of people(one in particular), where his Toyota was experiencing the issue. He was able to get it to a dealer where they saw it happening. No one knows what it was. I think there was more than pedal and floor mat problems, but if anything the best thing that came out is no automaker gets any free pass any longer. That is why we see recalls 10 times a week.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
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      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 1 Year Ago
      once again the union guy speaks up and adds absolutely nothing but blabber about his agenda, missing the point.
      RobbieAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      +1 Maximum Bob!
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      As long as we keep using a flammable liquid to power our vehicles, there will always be a risk of fire. In the same way that if a person uses electricity to power their car, there is always a risk of electrocution
      1guyin10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering these vehicles exceeded the federal standard when they were built and their field data is mid pack, I don\'t see where the NHTSA has a case. They have said there is not defect, but they want recall them to address a concern. Next they will be asking Ford to recall all the Model T\'s to install airbags.
      Wyrmdog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Right or wrong, Chrysler will come out of this looking like they are not concerned for the safety of their extant customers because it will cost them money to fix the issue. While I agree that there are limits to liability, this is not good PR.
      charles
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Chrysler was correct to reject the recall.Any vehicle that is struck from the back with such force could burst into flamed.I see many Fords now catching on fire for no apparent reason.No one has to even hit the Fords.
      Vincent Teron
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Meanwhile, United Auto Workers Vice President General Holiefield also defended Chrysler by saying, "Our legendary Jeeps are crafted with pride by our dedicated UAW American workforce who work tirelessly to ensure the utmost quality of each Jeep that is produced for customers."" Then explain this... "Chrysler Rehires Drinking, Pot-Smoking Workers" http://autos.aol.com/article/chrysler-rehires-drinking-drugging-workers/
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