DETROIT – It could be one of the most contentious automobile recalls in recent memory.
Numerous sources, including USA Today, are reporting Chrysler will be given the green light to move ahead with repairs on 1.6 million Jeep Cherokees and Jeep Liberty's.
You may have been following this one for a while. At first, federal regulators were pushing for the recall of 2.7 million Jeeps. Chrysler refused and argued there was no statistical proof that the Jeeps were more prone to fires after rear crashes than comparable vehicles from those years. In the end, Chrysler agreed to recall 1.6 million vehicles.
The recall covers Jeep Cherokees from 1993 to 1998 and Jeep Liberty's from 2002 to 2007.
Chrysler came up with a fix that added a trailer hitch to vehicles that do not already have one to provide additional rear-crash protection. Safety advocates raised objections.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reviewed the plan and has now said it has no reservations about the proposal. It plans to close its investigation and issue a final report in a few weeks.
Chrysler will contact owners of the affected vehicles once its ready to start making the repairs.