Chrysler Refuses to Comply With NHTSA’s Recall Request image

Chrysler refuses to recall 2.7 million Jeep Liberty and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles, after NHTSA led a lengthy investigation.

NHTSA told Chrysler to recall 2.7 million 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty, but the automaker said it has been sharing data ad cooperating with the agency on this matter since September 2010 and that it does not agree with the recall.

“The company does not agree with NHTSA’s conclusions and does not intend to recall the vehicles cited in the investigation. The subject vehicles are safe and are not defective,” Chrysler said in a statement. “We believe NHTSA’s initial conclusions are based on an incomplete analysis of the underlying data, and we are committed to continue working with the Agency to resolve this disagreement.”

The US automaker added that the vehicles are perfectly safe and that the incidents on which this recall is based, occur less than once for every million years of vehicle operation. Last year in June NHTSA cited 15 deaths and 41 injuries related to fires in Chrysler’s vehicles caused by rear-impact crashes in certain Jeep models. The agency said that the material (plastic) from which the tank is made of could be the reason for these fires.

If an automaker refuses to make a recall NHTSA can hold a formal hearing in front of an administrative law judge.

Source: The Detroit News