Jeep recall may not happen: Chrysler has taken the unusual step of declining a request from federal officials to recall Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Libertys.
Carlos Osorio / AP / File
A defiant Chrysler is refusing to recall about 2.7 million Jeeps the government says are at risk of a fuel tank fire in a rear-end collision.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent Chrysler a letter asking that the company voluntarily recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007.
Such a refusal by an auto company is rare. NHTSA can order a recall but needs a court order to enforce it.
David Strickland, the agency's administrator, said in a statement that he hopes Chrysler will reconsider its decision. "Our data shows that these vehicles may contain a defect that presents an unreasonable risk to safety," Strickland said.
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