Investigation of Jeep Grand Cherokee Portends a Recall, Safety Advocate Says

With the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration having decided to upgrade its investigation of rear-impact fires involving Jeep Grand Cherokees, a recall of millions of those vehicles is “certain,” said Clarence Ditlow, the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, the organization whose work prompted the federal inquiry.

Chrysler produced about three million Grand Cherokees belonging to the affected model years, 1993-2004, of which about 2.2 million were still registered in 2011, according to Experian Automotive.

Mr. Ditlow and his organization have insisted there was a heightened risk of fire in the vehicles since at least 2009.

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