Update: Chrysler Agrees to Govt. Recommended Recall
The government says millions of Chrysler Jeeps are at risk of catching on fire in rear end crashes and that those vehicles should be taken off the road.
At first Chrysler refused the recommended recall saying that their vehicles were safe and that the government tests were flawed.
Chrysler says it has resolved its differences with the government and will recall older Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs that could be at risk of a fuel tank fire.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contended that the gas tanks could rupture if hit from the rear, causing fires. NHTSA said 51 people had died in fiery crashes.
Chrysler released a statement Tuesday saying that dealers will inspect the vehicles and upgrade the rear structure if needed to better handle low–speed crashes.
The company maintains that the vehicles aren't defective.
The government had asked Chrysler to recall 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007.