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Chrysler challenges NHTS 2.7 million recall demand of its Jeep SUVs

Chrysler recently challenged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over the 2.7 million recall demand of its SUV.

The U.S. agency cited the giant automaker’s unsafe gas tank design on its 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty models in the recall request. However, Chrysler argued that there is nothing unusual about the design of their gas tank, which is located at the back of the rear axle, since this design is also used by several other vehicles. The vehicle manufacturer also pointed out that changing the design won’t make any difference since the fatal accidents involving the SUVs in question were mostly caused by high-speed driving as opposed to being fire-related.

The NHTSA’s recall investigation was based on figures submitted by the Center for Auto Safety, which reported that 285 fatalities resulted from 201 fire incidents involving the auto-maker’s Grand Cherokees and 53 casualties resulted from 36 accidents involving Libertys.

NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said that he hopes Chrysler would reconsider its position by initiating a mandatory safety recall and notifying all concerned SUV owners of the defect.

A significant number of car accidents, some of which are fatal, are caused by car defects due to a car manufacturer’s negligence and recklessness when it comes to safety regulations. If you’ve been in such an accident in Madison, call the legal team of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to discuss filing a legal claim.

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