Several days ago, the automobile manufacturer Chrysler Group defiantly refused the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s demand to recall a massive haul of Jeeps.
2.7 million of them, to be precise.
According to the government agency, the fuel tank design used in 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees, and 2002 to 2007 Jeep Liberties is unsafe. Public interest group Center for Auto Safety initially encouraged the NHTSA to investigate Chrysler after aggregating the statistics of rear-end collisions involving the previously mentioned vehicles – which resulted in car fires.
Initially, Chrysler refused to launch the recall. As of less than one hour ago, that decision changed.
According to a CNN Money Article written by Chris Isidore, Chrysler Group relented and agreed to the recall of 2.7 million Jeeps after being threatened by a June 18th decision deadline. If Chrysler did not agree to the recall, it would be at the mercy of high-profile public hearings – along with potentially reputation-crushing testimonies of safety experts and parents of children who died in Jeep car fires.
The NHTSA stated that its investigation into this matter will continue.