, the well-known executive with a range of automakers including both General Motors
, 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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