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Feds Investigate Jeep Gas Leaks- 15 Dead

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Laura Hosford-Yunker5 years ago

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating 5.1 million vehicles made by Chrysler between 1993 and 2007 for a gas tank fire risk. The probe involves Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Liberty vehicles.

26 Vehicle Fires, 15 People Dead

These Chrysler Jeep models are being investigated due to numerous rear-end collision accidents which have left 15 dead in 26 vehicle fires. The gas tanks on these Jeep vehicles are being inspected because a gas tank leak was found to cause the fire in each fatal crash.

In an analysis of crash data, the NHTSA also found that deaths from rear-impact crashes and fires occur more often on the three Jeep models than on comparable vehicles. The investigation is ongoing, but at this time no vehicles have been recalled.

Jeep Models Under Investigation

  • 1993-2001 Cherokees (slightly smaller than the Grand Cherokee)
  • 1993-2004 Grand Cherokees
  • 2002-2007 Liberty sport utility vehicles
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