The Chrysler Group has responded to a safety recall request from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), saying it does not intend to recall 2.7 million Jeep vehicles highlighted by the government body.

Responding to a request from the NHTSA to recall approximately 2.7 million vehicles comprising Jeep Grand Cherokee models built between 1993 and 2004 and Jeep Libertys (badged locally as a Jeep Cherokee) built from 2002 to 2007 due to safety concerns related to fuel systems, the Chrysler Group said in a statement that it had been working with the NHTSA on the issue since September 2010 and that “the subject vehicles are safe and are not defective”.

“The company does not agree with NHTSA’s conclusions and does not intend to recall the vehicles cited in the investigation.

“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 statement said.

Jeep Grand Cherokee - 2003

Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne said the safety of drivers and passengers has long been the first priority for Chrysler brands and that that commitment remains steadfast.

“The company stands behind the quality of its vehicles,” Marchionne said.

“All of us remain committed to continue working with NHTSA to provide information confirming the safety of these vehicles.”

Jeep Liberty - 2005

While the NHTSA said in its recall request letter to the US manufacturer that it’s view is that there is “a performance defect and a design defect” related to the vehicles’ fuel tanks that presents an “unreasonable risk” of fuel leaks and fire when the vehicles are struck from the rear, Chryser says the vehicles in question met and exceeded all applicable requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, including those pertaining to fuel-system integrity.

“Our own analysis shows the incidents, which are the focus of this request, occur less than once for every million years of vehicle operation.

“This rate is similar to comparable vehicles produced and sold during the time in question.”

Chrysler stressed that it stands behind the quality and safety of its vehicles and conducts voluntary recalls “when they are warranted, and in most cases, before any notice or investigation request from NHTSA”.

  • Johnno

    where’s the article on the Ford recall on possible fuel leaks ?

    • Modern Man

      Possibly on the same 1 in a million year possibility page.

  • Zaccy16

    what will the vw haters think about this?!!!!!!!!!

    • Van Der Waals

      I think most people will think (regardless of fanboidom or haterade) that both companies, VW and Chrysler, are just doing whatever they can to avoid recalls. Will not look good for either company.

  • Modern Man

    so every million years one jeep will explode from a rear impact resulting in a fuel leak.
    Seems like a danger to me. better get rid of it before the next ice age i guess.

  • Modern Man

    i think we should recall all VW Beetles as the dashboard is not safe for passengers in a crash. i guess the NHTSA better start looking all the way back to the 70’s and 80’s and asking all manufacturers to review their products and recall all of them to todays standards.
    Seems reasonable doesnt it?
    Even if you had the last car off the production line in this series it is now 9 years old. there is probably alot more than a fuel tank leaking in the highly improbable situation that occurs every million years.
    probably check wiring so your brake lights work and show people were not to run into you.
    Laughable finding IMO

    • amlohac

      Seems Jeep shares your opinion in the matter as well!

    • Sally Forth

      That’s a bit of a false analogy you’ve got there. The Beetle is much older vehicle. Have you ever heard of a thing called a statute of repose?

      The affected Jeeps, on the other hand, were made up until 2007, meaning that some models were only three years old at the time this investigation started. Also, the Jeep was subject the

  • Poison_Eagle

    “You bought a Jee-“…BOOOOM!!!

    • Johannes

      “Doooooooooooooooooooooooooon’t hooooooooold baaaack.”