NHTSA investigating Jeep Grand Cherokee gas tank

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 3 million Jeep Grand Cherokees manufactured between 1993-2004 after The Center for Auto Safety alleged that the plastic gas tanks in the vehicles were installed too far back and too low making the vehicle unsafe in the event of an auto accident.

The Center for Auto Safety petition says that the design of the gas tank is “so bad that Chrysler frequently settles lawsuits without extensive discovery and subject to confidentiality agreements.”

A search of the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reports System (FARS) found that between 1992 and 2008 there were 172 fatal fire accidents and 254 fatalities involving the vehicle. The petition said, “There have been at least 44 crashes with 64 fatalities where the Most Harmful Event is fire.” The document compared the Jeep with the now-infamous Ford Pinto.

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Click here to read the Center for Auto Safety Petition on Jeep Grand Cherokee.