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Chrysler refuses 2.7M car recall

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Friday, June 7, 2013
Posted: 3 pm ET

Chrysler has refused a request by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recall about 2.7 million Jeep models, saying they are confident the cars are safe. It is very rare for an automaker to refuse to recall cars when requested by the government agency.

The focus of the recall request are 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty models. The NHTSA feels that the gas tank design is unsafe and could cause the cars to catch on fire in a rear-end collision.

Chrysler said in a statement that it believes the agency's conclusions are based on an "incomplete analysis of underlying data." Furthermore, Chrysler says the design of the gas tank, which is located behind the rear axle, is common in many other cars, and many other fatal crashes of the cars in question involved very high-speed collisions that would have had the same outcome even with a different design.

Chrysler has been providing data to the NHTSA since September 2010. The agency began investigating the Jeep models at the request of the Center for Auto Safety, a consumer group that monitors accident data and takes consumer complaints. The center also recently requested that the NHTSA issue a recall of the cars, saying it had contacted the CEOs of Chrysler and its parent company, Fiat, five times to recall the Jeeps but received no response.

NHTSA can only require Chrysler to repair a small percentage of the affected vehicles, since the recall laws only require cars to be repaired free of charge if they are less than 10 years old. That would include cars that are 2003 models or newer for current recalls. The matter will likely be taken up in U.S. District Court if Chrysler doesn't reverse its decision on the recall request.

Do you own one of the cars that could be recalled?

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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92 Comments
Karl
June 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm

To Gary who commented on 6/16 with a long list of benefits that Unions won for American workers over the years: It's those very benefits that have gone way beyond reason and priced American-made goods out of the world market! Pension benefits for example that are simply not sustainable.

BAS
June 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I Agree with you Ali. If you stop buying Chrysler And Jeep Then they wont have to worry about Anything they wont be in business anymore. Fords the only one that didn't take the money. GM or Government Motors And Chrysler need to take the wage cut. I hope Chrysler and jeep WAKE UP If not Then let the American people put you out of business!!!!!! That's a true sign of piss poor management!!!!!!

Gary
June 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I love this stuff. Everything that goes wrong with a company always seems to find some way back to being the fault of a UNION! In this case some choose to attack the UAW. The problem with SIMPLE MINDS is that they listen to the garbage rhetoric that is spewed daily by the FOX News's and Rush Limbaugh's of the world and take it as fact!

For those UNION bashing, I ASK that you PAY ATTENTION ... THE DROP IN WAGES AND BENEFITS TO THE AVERAGE WORKER IN THIS COUNTRY IS IN DIRECT CORRELATION TO THE DROP IN THIS COUNTRIES ORGANIZED WORKFORCE!THAT IS A FACT ... NOT SOME RHETORICAL GARBAGE ... A FACT!

Now go back in your History books and find out how the average worker was treated back in the 1920's and 30's that caused Unions, that organized those employees to stand together, were to be formed.

Do you appreciate a 40hr work week, weekends, holiday pay, time and one-half for overtime hours worked, health care plans, workplace safety, vacation time, sick days, etc.? those came from Unions my friends and as these things are slowly taken away from you ... remember WHY? Because everyone has gotten sucked in to the BIG BUSINESS vacuum ... they own your news, your politicians and your government. They DO NOT, NOR HAVE THEY EVER, CARED ABOUT YOU OR ME ... IT'S ALL ABOUT THE $$$$$!

Danny
June 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm

So where do you relocate the gas tank, on the roof. Oh if I roll it over will there be another recall?

Mike
June 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I owne a 2005 Liberty and I love this vehicle. I tow it behind my motor home. IF THERE'S ANY QUESTION CONCERNING SAFETY NOT ONLY WITH THE GAS TANK OR ANY OTHER PROBLEM CHRYSLER SHOULD STAND UP TO THE PLATE AND REPAIR IT NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

Dave
June 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

More concerning is the Jeep "Death Wobble". Google it! It happened to our sons 2009 Jeep Wrangler 4door. Chrysler does not yet have a fix but a recall will be coming. We went through the process and will never own another Chrysler product. Very scary.

craig
June 16, 2013 at 11:00 am

oh, and snafoo is spelled snafu. Still laughing...

craig
June 16, 2013 at 10:59 am

Some of you folks are funny, you find conspiracies in every story. the comments are better than the stories. Sitting here laughing my a$$ off...

Ali
June 16, 2013 at 10:41 am

I think the appropriate response should be form the consumer If this manufacturer won't abide by the government watchdog's recommendation then we should not buy ANY Chrysler Period, end of story

dr bonsai
June 16, 2013 at 8:15 am

Here's my take, Chrysler is refusing to recall because Chrysler and the UAW own the president. Anybody who missed that little snafoo in the beginning of his election was - shall we say, "asleep at the wheel," pardon the pun. Do we need to guess where the money and power come from relative to the UAW...I can promise you it's not from the union workers.