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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said... The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has "no reservations" with Chrysler Group's plans to recall affected Jeeps (Chrysler)jeep
The government is closing its investigation into older-model Jeeps with fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has "no reservations" with Chrysler Group's plans to recall the vehicles. The agency is expected to release a report on its investigation in a few weeks.

The decision ends an unusually public struggle between Chrysler and NHTSA. The agency asked Chrysler to recall 2.7 million Jeeps last June, contending that their gas tanks - which are positioned behind the rear axle - were at risk of rupturing and catching fire in rear-end crashes. Involved were Grand Cherokee SUVs from the 1993 to 2004 model years and Liberty SUVs from 2002 to 2007.

Chrysler initially refused to recall the vehicles. The company said the rate of fuel leaks and fires after crashes was similar to comparable vehicles that were sold during the time in question. It was the first time in two years that an automaker had refused NHTSA's request for a recall.

Chrysler later agreed to recall 1.56 million of the Jeeps and install trailer hitches on them to help protect the gas tanks. The company sent notices to the remaining customers saying their vehicles were fine if they have factory-installed or Chrysler-made trailer hitches.

NHTSA said late Friday that it has been in close contact with Chrysler and will monitor the recall as it continues. Chrysler has told customers that it will start installing the hitches soon.
"Consumers should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they receive final notification from Chrysler,"NHTSA said in a statement.

In its own statement Friday, Chrysler said, "We share NHTSA's commitment to safety."

NHTSA's outgoing chief, David Strickland, told The Associated Press in an interview last month that Chrysler had convinced NHTSA that the Jeeps were no more dangerous than similar vehicles sold at that time.

"Those vehicles performed at a rate similar to their peers. That is the keystone analysis as to whether something poses an unreasonable risk to safety," Strickland said.

Friday was Strickland's last day at NHTSA. He is joining Venable, a law firm.

NHTSA began investigating the Jeeps at the request of the Center for Auto Safety, a Washington-based advocacy group.

"It is tragic that NHTSA approved Chrysler's sham trailer hitch recall for Jeeps that explode in rear impacts," the Center for Auto Safety's director, Clarence Ditlow, said Friday.



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      sakwyc
      • 1 Year Ago
      The trailer hitch might work fine if the car is hit dead on, but what happens if it's hit hard from the rear but only the rear 1/3 or 1/4, not dead on. I'm describing that poorly, but much like the new NHIS (?) tests that involve the front quarter panel in which a surprising number of serious injuries and deaths occur. A MESS of vehicles failed miserably raising the specter of major changes coming.
      stoneman936
      • 1 Year Ago
      WTH Obama using NHTSA to ruin America now ?????? How soon before we INPEACH this liar ?????
        npnozie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stoneman936
        Stoneman, What you say make sense too.
        lunger5019
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stoneman936
        How many Americans died because of you boy "W' lies about WMD ?????????
          posthuf
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lunger5019
          lunger, just because your American media doesn't tell you something doesn't mean it didn't happen. WMDs WERE found! So was 700 kilos of yellow cake uranium. Pop your head out, bud, and educate yourself!
          mark
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lunger5019
          Boy, for some reason you can't reply to the blantant LIES placed by posthuf...must be he has right-wing LIE protection. They 'found WMD's and yellow cake?" Really? Even FAUX News won't report those LIES. And they will LIE about ANYTHING.
          karlbassplayer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lunger5019
          Lunger, what killed all those Kurds? Do you know, do you care?
      adika3z
      • 1 Year Ago
      oh noooooo, i dont like Chrysler Group's Dodge make any vehicles and JEEPs vehicles, 1/ weak body and 2 cheap bumpers... 2/ wrong gas in hole on passage side... 3/ not have 2 yellow ambers on the taillights and some yes... 4/ no battery in the motor and hide in front left bumper near front left tire and stupid design... 5/ stop put chrysler dodge vehicles on the tv advertising - commercial and books / magazines... 6/ enough is enough... 7/ FINISH NOW
      mfg.mojave
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well maybe if the group that wants a recall would make a large donation to a certain political party that is in office there would be a recall!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a 2005 Liberty and I have never received a thing from anyone. Should I contact them?
        • 1 Year Ago
        Betty, I have a 2006 Liberty and got a notice, but when I called my dealership they didnot have any of the parts yet for the recall. They told me I would get another letter telling me when the parts were there and to then call back for an appointment.
      spuddoo
      • 1 Year Ago
      all car are really bad n very overy price for what you get if everybody dint buy one for 6 mo you would really see some rebates now they go up in price n git it back to you bfd its your own mony you are getting bk copret still makes the sameprofett
      alum187
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a model "T" 1916 Ford where the you sit on the gas tank (covered by a cushion) think Ford should recall all model "T"s ?
      SRJimVal2
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember older pickup trucks having the same problem with gas tank explosions on impact from a rear end collision. You would think the design of any vehicle would consider that, but the real problem is the fact that too many people follow too close, and also using cell phones and texting, or just plain inconsiderate, impatient types who like to try to intimidate the law abiding drivers.
      Terry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Next they should work on a TIPM RECALL. Big problems. Check it out!
      end3651
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am not a great fan of Chrysler products, but I believe the government was wrong on this one. There was no claim that the vehicles did not meet the standards in effect when they were produced. The government simply decided, years after the fact, that its own standards were inadequate. Gas tanks mounted behind the rear axle were the norm for American cars, and most others, for much of automotive history--why not demand a recall of those cars also? Why only the Chryslers? It is unreasonable to demand that products meeting an earlier standard be recalled for not meeting a later one.
      inventpeace
      • 1 Year Ago
      SOS !! Payola Congress on the loose.. they are so frantic to keep their jobs they would sell their own mothers and take money from the devil to get re-elected... SINGLE TERM LIMITS IS PART OF THE ANSWER !!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will never buy another Jeep. We tried to "go American" but paid the price with three Jeeps that had nothing but problems. None of the major problems were taken care of by the "factory trained" dealership mechanics, who can't even fix a door lock issue on the very vehicle they sell. Love the brand, but will not tolerate the poor quality and service.
        Don
        • 1 Year Ago
        I wonder what you are doing wrong? My 2005 KJ was very solid until I sold it in 2012. No repairs at all. I was even one of the few owners who lifted their KJ, added a rear locker (google it) and large tires, and abused it extensively in off-road parks all over the Midwest. Do not blame your dealer being crap on the whole brand. I find your story highly suspect. If you truly had that much trouble with three jeeps before deciding to go with another brand it says a lot about the owner.
        Dave
        • 1 Year Ago
        "go American"? Jeep is a German company.
        holmes49
        • 1 Year Ago
        buy Toyota--a little boring but dependable--I tend to keep cars a little too long because I can't afford to buy a new car every half dozen of years or so--if I have to keep a car for twenty years ; then I choose dependability--
          npnozie
          • 1 Year Ago
          @holmes49
          Oh please you like toyota good for you. KEEP it, But don't give us advise to get them.
          Don
          • 1 Year Ago
          @holmes49
          Then you are a victim of propaganda. and being a dupe of advertising. Check the 1.8L turbo GT-s. The 3.0L V^ blowing up in the Camry, Taco, & 4runner. The Previa which was junk top to bottom. Toyota is a dishonest company.
          dan_crabtree
          • 1 Year Ago
          @holmes49
          oh yea buy toyota and ask the seventy three who died in sudden acceleration accidents how dependable they are...or there seventh recall in a 12 month time frame...how much fun that was...
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