Chrysler says the design is commonly used on many other vehicles
Chrysler is refusing a request by federal safety regulators to recall more than 2.5 million Jeep SUVs for a gas tank design flaw. The two models involved are the Jeep Grand Cherokee from 1993 to 2004 and the Jeep Liberty from 2002 to 2007. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration based the request on its review of more than 200 fire related crashes resulting in more than 300 deaths.
The gas tank is placed behind the rear axle and most of the fatal crashes involved high-speed, rear-end crashes. Chrysler says the design is commonly used on many other vehicles.