US safety agency tells Chrysler to speed up Jeep recall; gas tanks can rupture in crash

Markets Associated Press

The government is telling Chrysler to speed up its recall of 1.5 million older Jeeps with gas tanks that can rupture in a rear collision.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a letter to Chrysler saying that only 3 percent of the Jeeps have been fixed, more than a year after the recall began.

The Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys have gas tanks behind the rear axles that can rupture in rear collisions and catch fire. The remedy is to install a trailer hitch to protect the tanks in low-speed collisions. At least 51 people have died in crashes due to the problem.

The letter says Jeep owners have complained about being turned away by dealers for lack of parts.

Chrysler says it's redoubling efforts to get ship parts.