Chrysler relents, recalls 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokee, Liberty models

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Chrysler has long promoted the Jeep Grand Cherokee as a rugged off-road vehicle with a practical side as a family people mover. But the influence of the NHTSA and public pressure have provided obstacles tougher than the enduring SUV.

More than a week after refusing to comply with an NHTSA request to recall 2.7 million vehicles, Chrysler has relented. The carmaker announced a campaign to inspect and repair Jeep Grand Cherokee models from 1993-2004 and Jeep Liberty models from 2002-07.

Chrysler Jeep recall dates to 1993 models

The recall was prompted following an independent report fuel tanks in the Grand Cherokee can explode in rear-end collisions.

The Grand Cherokee is under NHTSA recall
Chrysler recalls 2.7 million, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The NHTSA requested a recall, but Chrysler refused. Chrysler believes the cars do not suffer from defects and were among the safest in their class.

But by agreeing to the recall, Chrysler beat a imminent deadline that could have resulted in the NHTSA conducting public hearings on the issue.

The recall means 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty models can be take to dealerships for β€œa visual inspection.” And, if necessary, β€œan upgrade to the rear structure of the vehicle to better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts.”

A Chrysler spokesperson commented: “Chrysler Group regards safety as a paramount concern and does not compromise on the safety of our customers and their families.”

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