US safety agency denies petition to investigate Fiat Chrysler minivans for stalling problem

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U.S. safety regulators have denied a request to investigate Fiat Chrysler minivans because they can stall after refueling.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 720 complaints were filed with the agency and Chrysler about the problem in Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vans. But the agency concluded that further investigation is unlikely to find a safety defect because the stalls happen infrequently and at low speeds. It studied vans from 2003 to 2007.

The agency also noted that it has no reports of crashes or injuries from the problem.

Brian Rosa of Union, New Jersey, petitioned the agency in July of last year after his 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan began stalling after the gas tank was filled. He said the van stalled on his wife while she was driving on a freeway.