Chrysler has backed down after initially fighting a recall request from US regulators in a dispute over crash protection for the fuel tanks of 2.7 million older Jeep models.
The recall will affect Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs from model years 1993 to 2004 and Jeep Liberty (badged Cherokee in SA) SUVs from 2002 to 2007.
Our contact at Chrysler South Africa said the local division is currently awaiting feedback from overseas and will likely make an announcement later this week on how South Africa is affected.
Regulators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the agency would continue to investigate the issue, including a review of new documents provided by Chrysler. NHTSA officials said they were pleased with Chrysler's decision.
While Chrysler stood by its assertion that the vehicles were not defective, it acknowledged consumer concerns about the safety of the vehicles, which have fuel tanks situated behind the rear axle.