San Diego Jeep owners react after Chrysler agrees to recall
Company initially refused government request
Last Updated: 177 days ago
DETROIT - Chrysler says it has resolved its differences with the government and will recall older Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs that could be at risk of a fuel tank fire.
San Diegan Cameron Gharabiklou, who drives a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, started to dread driving it after seeing videos and pictures of Jeeps in rear-end crashes.
"These are people's brothers, sister, mothers. I don't want to be one of those," said Gharabiklou.
He's one of 127,000 people who have signed an online petition on Change.org to try and get Chrysler to agree to a recall.
Earlier this month, the company refused the government's request to recall the Jeeps. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contended that the gas tanks could rupture if hit from the rear, causing fires. NHTSA said 51 people had died in fiery crashes.
But Chrysler says in a statement Tuesday that dealers will inspect the vehicles and upgrade the rear structure if needed to better handle low-speed crashes.
The company maintains that the vehicles aren't defective.
The government had asked Chrysler to recall 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007.
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