According to ABC News, various models of Jeeps are designed in a way that could be fatally dangerous in the event of a rear-end accident. The fuel tank is located behind the rear axle, and if the vehicle is rear ended the axle could puncture the fuel tank. This rupture can cause deadly fires. It has been reported that 15 people have burned to death as a result of rear-impact crashes.
The government is now investigating the Jeep Grand Cherokee models from 1993-2004, the Jeep Cherokee models from 1993-2001, and the Jeep Liberty models made from 2002-2007. This puts more than 5 million vehicles under investigation.
Chrysler insists its SUV safety records in rear collisions are as good as those of other carmakers. They have said that no recall is necessary because the SUVs are not defective. Safety advocate Clarence Ditlow said there is a problem and it has a simple fix-installing a shield around the gas tank. He said it would cost Chrysler no more than $100 per vehicle.
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