Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Jeep is the new Pinto

jeep, chrysler, fire, fuel tank, recall, NHTSA
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when a Jeep is struck in the rear by another vehicle, it is twice as likely to experience a fuel tank rupture and fire than other vehicles of its type.

One of the NHTSA investigators described survivable accidents where the tank exploded into a raging fire so quickly, parents could not get their children out of rear-seat car safety seats in time. In their study, NHTSA cited the specifics of 37 rear-end collisions that led to fuel fires that resulted in 51 deaths.

Based on this, NHTSA asked Chrysler to recall and repair the 2.7 million at-risk Jeeps. Chrysler said, not "no," but "Hell no! Do you think we're made of money?! Burn, baby, burn!"
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(WSJ) Chrysler Group LLC, in an unusual act of defiance, rejected a U.S. auto safety regulator's request it recall 2.7 million Jeeps to repair fuel tank designs that the government says pose a risk of fires in rear-end crashes.

Read the rest here on The Wall Street Journal.

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