Chrysler/Jeep recall controversy: What’s next?

Either case, this is not good for Jeep. The stain is already on the mattress

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Is your Jeep Grand Cherokee safe to drive? For now, that remains an open question.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the gas tanks on many of the older Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs are a safety hazard. The federal regulator wants Chrysler to take 2.7 million of them off the road until the risk of fire in a rear-end accident is fixed. Chrysler is refusing the recall, and just as adamantly saying that the SUV meets safety standards.

The automaker’s refusal is nearly without precedent, raising numerous questions. Here’s what is known right now.

What is the government’s position?

NHTSA says that the plastic gas tanks on the 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2002 to 2007 Jeep Liberty are too susceptible to spilling gas when hit from behind, and that can cause fires. It says it knows of at least…

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