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Chrysler rejects voluntary vehicle recall

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The U.S. government has asked Chrysler to voluntarily recall 2.7 million Jeeps over fuel tank fire concerns, but the car maker has soundly refused, insisting the cars are safe.

A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stipulates that 2.7 million Jeeps manufactured by Chrysler are at risk of fuel tank fires if they are hit from behind in a road accident, and this prompted the U.S. government to request recalls -- but authorities would need a court order to enforce the request.

As the result of an investigation which began in 2010, Chrysler has been asked to recall 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys. The NHTSA says that at least 30 rear-impact crashes have caused fuel to leak, fires to begin and a resultant 44 deaths. The old Jeep models allegedly have fatal crash rates that are roughly double of similar vehicles.

The car maker said in a statement that the Jeeps are safe and the firm "does not intend to recall the vehicles."

Last year, Toyota was forced to recall 2.7 million vehicles across the globe due to steering well and water pump flaws. In 2013, the car maker had to recall over a million cars due to airbag issues, as did Honda, Nissan and Mazda.

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— By on June 4, 2013, 12:48 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure