After a standoff with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Chrysler has agreed to recall 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Liberty vehicles. The NHTSA claims the rear fuel tanks are a potential fire hazard.
Alan Heriford, owner of Johnson County Automotive in Merriam, Kan., said the recall does not guarantee the fuel tanks will not catch fire.
The NHTSA said 51 people have died in fiery crashes in Jeep Grand Cherokees made from 1993-2004 and Liberties from 2002 through 2007 which have the rear mounted fuel tanks.
Heriford said that with the right amount of force in a crash, any vehicle, regardless of where the gas tank is mounted, is at risk of catching on fire.
"Fuel is combustible and anytime you get in your car there is the potential of an explosion in a high-impact crash," said Heriford.
Chrysler still claims its cars are safe; but executives ordered the recall after receiving calls from concerned citizens. If you own one of the cars in the recall, Chrysler will be contacting you with information on the planned repair.
Chrysler announced it will add trailer hitches to the rear of the recalled cars to provide an additional barrier of protection in case of a rear collision.