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Toledo-built Jeeps among 2.7 million vehicles Chrysler refuses to recall

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(Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's the first time since 1996 that an automaker has challenged a federal recall order, but Chrysler is refusing a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration request to recall almost three million SUV's.

The controversy involves more than a million vehicles built in Toledo.

The NHTSA says the gas tank design in 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and in 2002 to 2007 Jeep Liberties is faulty and unsafe. Those Liberties were built at the Toledo North Assembly Complex on Stickney Avenue in Toledo. The Grand Cherokee models in question were made in Detroit.

Chrysler claims the vehicles use a commonly accepted tank design which is used in many other vehicles.


MORE: Read the full recall request from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


It also said the fatal accidents involving the vehicles were almost all high speed accidents in which a different design would not have made a difference.

"The subject vehicles are safe and are not defective," the company said in a statement.

The Federal Safety Agency has not yet commented on Chrysler's statement.

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