Chrysler issues recall for Jeep Grand Cherokees, Jeep Libertys
Fuel tanks pose fire danger, some say
This photo shows a burning 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee, supporting concerns about gas tanks catching fire during collisions that has the federal government pressing Chrysler to recall certain Jeep models.
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Chrysler has decided to go along with government request to recall older model Jeeps.
The National Highway Safety Administration asked Jeep's parent company Chrysler to recall nearly 3 million of its most popular vehicles. Chrysler initially refused, but announced the recall Tuesday when the government agreed to cut the number of vehicles to 1.56 million, according to USA Today.
The newspaper said the company is now recalling 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty vehicles.
At the center of the recall push was the placement of fuel tanks in the Jeep models. According to government research, the tanks may pose a fire risk in rear-end collisions. The Department of Transportation is blaming Jeep-related accidents for 51 deaths.
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