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 |  Jun 18 2013, 2:54 PM

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After two weeks of waiting, Chrysler has agreed to comply with a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) request to recall about 2.7-million Jeep SUVs. 

When originally asked to conduct this recall, Chrysler told NHTSA that its own internal data did not show that an abnormal risk was apparent. The issue in question is potentially fatal fires following rear-end crashes in Jeep Grand Cherokees ranging from the 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Liberty SUVs built from 2002 through 2007.

Now, Chrysler has agreed to recall the vehicles in question, though the brand still does not agree that a safety defect is apparent. “Chrysler Group’s analysis of the data confirms that these vehicles are not defective and are among the safest in the peer group,” said Chrysler in a press release.

SEE ALSO: Chrysler Refuses to Recall 2.7M Jeeps

Chrysler is issuing the recall to put its customers minds at ease, according to the release. “Nonetheless, Chrysler Group recognizes that this matter has raised concerns for its customers and wants to take further steps, in coordination with NHTSA, to provide additional measures to supplement the safety of its vehicles.”

A visual inspection will be performed on the affected vehicles, and the rear structure will be upgraded if necessary.

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  • zach

    It wasn’t a recall ‘order’ it was a recall ‘request’. Much different in level of severity.

  • http://www.autoguide.com Stephen Elmer

    You are correct. The piece has been updated. Thanks.

  • Chris

    They need to recall the Patriots that just shut off while you’re driving

  • Roger

    I don’t understand Chrysler’s fix. All of the same model Jeeps are alike but looks like each Jeep will be inspected and structural upgrades will be performed if necessary. ??? The answer should be ready before the Jeep goes into the shop.

  • Shawn

    The “fix” is a receiver hitch. Hence the need to check out the vehicle.

  • Vic

    Thanks for the update

  • Swens

    This isn’t Chrysler, it’s your tsx dollars at work. If you want to waste time and money, give them both to the government.

  • Daniel Holland

    Hahaha… “Swing in today”!!!! And we will do NOTHING is what it should say…. Lol…

    About as effective as her at subway!!!

  • GRC54

    Last I heard was that they were going to put trailer hitches on the model year 93 to 98 that did not come with one from the factory, and if it has a hitch that is not factory they will see if it has any sharp edges and replace it. The 2000 to 2004 model years they were going to inspect them and not put hitches on them but replace hitches if they were deemed unsafe. I don’t know about the Liberty just the Grand Cherokee. Saw this write up this month and asked the local dealer and they basically said the same thing but still weren’t sure what will happen. Remember that 3 different entities owned Chrysler before the Italians bought it.

  • beelp

    The various governmental bureaucracies HAVE to do something to justify their bloated and ever growing size. Just about any vehicle on the road can burst into flames if hit hard enough in the rear or even in the side. So many variable factors are involved in every crash. This is just more bull from the overpowering government in Washington. Thank you Obama, omniscient one. I bow down before you.

  • Dude

    I think her legs are going to break

  • kjenkinsaf

    This is lawyers who had a HUGE punitive damage award getting their way at NHTSA. See we told you so.