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USA: Chrysler Jeep Fuel-Tank Fire Probe Upgraded By U.S. NHTSA

As many as 5.1 million sport-utility vehicles made by Chrysler Group LLC, the carmaker run by Fiat SpA (F), will get closer scrutiny from U.S. regulators looking into about two dozen reports of fires after rear-impact crashes.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration upgraded a preliminary investigation of Jeep Grand Cherokees and added Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Liberty models with fuel tanks behind the rear axle to an engineering analysis, the agency said today in a website posting. Fires related to rear-impact crashes in the Grand Cherokees may have caused at least 15 deaths and 46 injuries, the regulator said.
Such upgrades may lead to recalls. Chrysler doesn’t know how many of the 5.1 million vehicles, some of which were made in the early 1990s, are still operating, said David Dillon, Chrysler senior manager for regulatory affairs. A recall of 5.1 million vehicles would be among the 10 largest in the U.S.
“With the number of vehicles involved and potential severity of the problem, this could set Chrysler back considerably,” Dennis Virag, president of Automotive Consulting Group in Ann Arbor, Michigan, said in a telephone interview today. “The cost to Chrysler could be considerable, and the cost in terms of reputation would be high” should the probe lead to a recall, he said.
Chrysler doesn’t think the investigation will end in a recall, Dillon said.


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