Chrysler resisting U.S. recall of 2.7 mln Jeep vehicles – 6/4/13

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* Chrysler resists recall requested by U.S. regulators

* Top U.S. auto safety official urges Chrysler to reconsider

By Bernie Woodall and Deepa Seetharaman

DETROIT, June 4 (Reuters) – Chrysler Group LLC, in a rare move, is resisting a push by U.S. regulators to recall 2.7 million older model Jeep vehicles, saying on Tuesday that the request is based on an “incomplete analysis of the underlying data.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked for the recall Monday night after an investigation of the vehicles’ fuel tanks. Chrysler has been working with NHTSA on this issue for nearly three years.

The NHTSA is seeking to recall the Jeep Grand Cherokee for model years 1993 to 2004 and the Jeep Liberty model years 2002 to 2007. The agency said the models have fuel tanks behind the axle, which leave them less protected in the event of a rear-end collision and could potentially cause a fuel leak and lead to fire.

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