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Report: gas tanks still exploding 18 months into recall

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Report: gas tanks still explodingDETROIT – Jeep vehicles continue to be linked to deadly collisions more than 18 months after Chrysler issued a recall.

Many Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee vehicles were recalled when it was found the gas tanks can explode during rear-end collisions. According to Bloomberg, more than 1 million of these models have not been repaired yet and at least six people have died in highway crashes since the June 2013 recall.

The original recall includes 2002-07 Jeep Liberty and 1993-98 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Deputy Director David Friedman said in November that only 3 percent of the 1.56 million affected vehicles were repaired in a six-month period. Bloomberg puts that repair rate as the lowest for any recall of more than 1 million vehicles in the last five years.

Bloomberg estimates a total of 62 people have died from injuries related to Jeep’s exploding gas tanks.

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