Adding yet another chapter to the ongoing Jeep recall story, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) head David Strickland has gone on record to defend the government's request that Chrysler recall 2.7 million out-of-production Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty vehicles after the agency investigated fiery rear-end collisions that have reportedly killed at least 51 people over the years. In statements made to The Detroit News, Strickland said, "We felt very strongly that the process that we undertook and the findings that we made and ... we made the decision to issue a recall request. We do not take that very lightly." The top US auto safety regulator stopped short of telling owners to park their cars until the automaker takes action. "They can make their own risk assessment and their own choices," he said.

Chrysler does not intend to recall the models, insisting the "vehicles met and exceeded all applicable requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, including FMVSS 301, pertaining to fuel-system integrity" when they were manufactured and sold. "The company does not agree with NHTSA's conclusions and does not intend to recall the vehicles cited in the investigation. The subject vehicles are safe and are not defective," Chrysler announced last week in a statement. "We believe NHTSA's initial conclusions are based on an incomplete analysis of the underlying data, and we are committed to continue working with the agency to resolve this disagreement."

Legally, Chrysler has until June 18 to formally respond to NHTSA's request. If the automaker does not take action, NHTSA is expected to issue a formal finding and seek a recall.


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        justgoawaymad
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        Well with that said obama should be the best president we have ever had. Won’t start wars without permission (Libya) wont spy on us (nsa) will protect Americans whenever possible (Bengasi) wont attack people because of religious beliefs........and the list goes on and on. Pedigree sucks in my mind.
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL, he's WEIGHING in alright
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      NotoriousHTSA B.I.G.
      Edsel
      • 1 Year Ago
      How would Jeep be required to fix this problem? Relocate the tank, add structure between the tank and the bumper, or buy back 2.7 million jeeps?
        kevsflanagan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        They most likely would add some form of skid plate to protect the tank further. Though personally all the information that I have read about this these instances of death only occur at high impact accidents. Not like if someone is rear ended at 30mph its going to go Ka-Boom on the owner. I honestly can't believe I'm behind Chrylser on this but I am.
        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        You also have to consider the shape that these Jeeps might be in.. Doing such intense structural work to relocate the fuel tank might make the car worse when you consider some of these Jeeps are more than 20.
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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      I imagine the two white guys and the Asian delegation in the background sums up what they think about whatever is being discussed their as is most government meetings.
      Smartalox
      • 1 Year Ago
      Amusingly, FRACAS is an auto industry acronym for Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Actions.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      NotoriousHTSA B.I.G.
      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm so sick of this. Just leave Chrysler alone you scums. Trying to find every new way to suck every penny out of this company **** off government
        Edsel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Porsche4life
        Tell that to the 51 families that had a loved one burn to death. A friend of mine witnessed a driver burn to death in a tanker accident. Awful, awful awful.....way to die.
          billfrombuckhead
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Edsel
          How many vehicles would survive a tanker accident well? How about a Crown Vic or a 1984 4runner?
          David MacGillis
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Edsel
          Stop with the melodrama. Driving a vehicle with other vehicles around going 80mph is not a risk free activity.
      Chris Burns
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the vehicles met the requirements of the time and obviously they did. Then why should they have to recall them? Lets go back and install airbags in 50 year old cars while we are at it lol
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Weighs in".... I see what you did there Autoblog! Ha
      Scr
      • 1 Year Ago
      This guy\'s tenure at NHTSA and his previous career is the very definition of dictatorial nanny state. He\'s of the thinking that the government is the ever-correct solution to every little problem. He\'s also responsible for the foolish regulation to make back-up cameras mandatory on on vehicles, raising the sticker price by a few thou. Thanks for nothing!
        icemilkcoffee
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        @Scr
        A backup camera does not cost a few thousand dollars. Not even close. Also, the nanny state has had a very good proven track record in the last 30 years. Our fatalities rate per mile travel has dropped tremendously. I am sorry it contradicts with your simpleton political beliefs.
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