Jeep probe casts doubt on NHTSA data

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Safety group says feds’ system misses many fiery crashes
Neil Roland
Automotive News | December 13, 2010 – 12:01 am EST

WASHINGTON — The federal safety investigation of 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees is flawed by gaps in data collection that may hamper all U.S. probes of deadly fire crashes, a consumer group says.

The Center for Auto Safety, whose research spurred the ongoing Jeep Grand Cherokee inquiry, says government fire-crash data on which many investigations are based often are incomplete and unreliable.

These allegations are supported in an independent study last year by a former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official who found evidence of widespread undercounting in the agency’s fire-crash figures.

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