This one sounds scary.
Can you imagine a major auto maker openly defying the NHTSA?
After much debating and hand-wringing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now says it has "no reservations" with Chrysler's plan to recall certain Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee models over concerns that their fuel tanks, which are located behind the rear axle, could rupture or leak in the event of a rear impact.
Here's where it gets scary.
The longstanding argument between the two entities saw Chrysler openly defy the Feds after a request to recall 2.7 million units back in June.
If this was a GM recall, and installing a hitch was the fix, there would be 10 pages of anger within 2 minutes of this being posted. Here's the vehicles recalled.
Affected vehicles will get a trailer hitch installed free of charge, which Chrysler says will provide an additional degree of protection for the fuel tanks in the event of a crash.
A final thought.
1.56-million 1993-2004 model year Grand Cherokee SUVs, along with 2002-2007 Liberty models.
The Center for Auto Safety, which instigated the original investigation, isn't exactly pleased with this outcome. Following word of the resolution, Clarence Ditlow, the advocacy group's director, had this to say: "It is tragic that NHTSA approved Chrysler's sham trailer hitch recall for Jeeps that explode in rear impacts."