You may remember the mini battle Chrysler and the NHTSA engaged in last summer. The agency found that 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys have fuel tanks at risk of catching fire in a rear collision and recommended Chrysler recall them. Chrysler said, "Nah." Then it relented and agreed to recall 1.56 million of the offending Jeeps. That should have been the end of it, but Chrysler still hasn't followed up on its promise.
Chrysler told USA Today that it "has finalized replacement-part design and is initiating the tooling process to deliver the required volume." So that's, like, a start. Still, Chrysler hasn't given an actual date for the recall, and the NHTSA hasn't said if it will light a fire under the company's ass.
"NHTSA does not comment on the details of open investigations," the agency said. "Throughout this process, NHTSA has been in close communication with Chrysler."
In the meantime, try not to get in a rear collision with the faulty Jeeps. You could be added to the list of 51 people who died because of the defect.
[via Left Lane News]