Recalled Chrysler Jeeps Can Be Made Safer By March, Rather Than By 2018
Chrysler Group LLC told U.S. safety regulators it could add trailer hitches to recalled Jeep SUVs by March, much sooner than the several years estimated by regulators who had urged the automaker to quicken its pace for fixing the affected vehicles. Chrysler’s statement late Wednesday, in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, comes two weeks after the agency asked for an explanation on why it would take Chrysler so long – until 2018 – to make Jeep SUVs with rear fuel tanks safer by adding the trailer hitches. In June 2013, NHTSA and Chrysler announced the recall of 1.56 million Jeep SUVs with rear fuel tanks, because of an increased risk of fire in the event of a rear-end crash.
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