Car company gears up for recall amidst allegations of gas tank safety problems

The Chrysler Group, a US-based car manufacturer, has announced that they will start recalling one of their popular Jeep SUVs in order to make a necessary repair. The car recall is apparently being implemented in order to mitigate concerns of a safety hazard regarding the vehicle’s gas tanks. Car safety advocates have claimed that a design flaw placed the fuel tank in a dangerous location, creating the possibility of a fuel line rupture and fire during a rear-end collision. Rear-end accidents are common and should be taken into consideration when designing and building a car, according to experts. The company plans on adding a trailer hitch to the back of the SUV in order to more support to the vehicle in case of a rear crash. Some safety advocates have expressed concern regarding this proposed fix, believing the repair may not solve the problem. The car company had been asked to institute a dangerous product recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration but refused. An investigation was started into the problem but has reportedly been closed now that Chrysler has declared their product recall. Outcries against the closing of the safety investigation have arisen. Various activists have warned that the true nature of the danger of gas tank fires or explosions cannot be discovered without a proper third-party inquiry. See more about this motor vehicle recall here.

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