The National Highway Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has been around since the 60s ensuring the safety of each and every vehicle on the road. And indeed they do a fine job nearly all of the time. But when they requested the recall of nearly 2.7 million Jeep vehicles, Chrysler Group- simply put- told them they were wrong.
The recall encompassed the aforementioned 2.7 million SUV’s including any 1993-2004 model-year Grand Cherokee‘s and 2002-2007 Liberty‘s, after determining the vehicles were more prone to catch fire during a rear-impact collision.
Releasing a statement on the issue, Chrysler said that the “NHTSA’s assessment of the data collected during Preliminary Evaluatoin (PE) 10-031 indicates that the rear-impact-related tank failures and vehicle fires are more prevalent in the JGC than in the non-Jeep peer vehhicles.”
Chrysler went on to say that they “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.”
So far, the NHTSA has yet to respond to Chrysler’s insubordination, but we expect a statement regarding the issue in the next few days.