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June 19, 2012

Big Brother Expands Probe of Chrysler SUVs to More than 5 Million

The federal government has expanded its lookie-see into the question of whether or not the fuel tanks within 5.1 million Chyrsler SUVs are a serious fire risk. This move expands the probe into 3 million 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees that started in August 2010. Now, the investigation covers 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokees and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty’s as well.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that it has received reports that 15 deaths and 41 injuries could have been caused by the fuel tanks and rear impact crashes. Talking about these fiery numbers, the NHTSA said in a statement it has found that Chrysler models show “a higher incidence of rear-impact, fatal fire crashes for the Jeep products. [Our investigation is exploring the fact that] “the fuel tank is located at the rear of the vehicle, between the bumper and axle, and is manufactured from a plastic material.”

This is a tough turn of events for Chrysler, who were enjoying their best sales in 5 years.

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