'Death by fire' - one family's story surrounding gas tank safety features

9:33 PM, Jun 20, 2012   |    comments
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Wasington D.C. (WUSA) - WUSA-9 of Washington, D.C., spent more than a year looking into claims and documents around the safety of Jeep Grand Cherokees for the model years 1993 to 2004 and reported on a family that lost a daughter killed after her 2001 vehicle was struck from behind.

The focus of the story is on claims by the Center for Auto Safety that placement of the gasoline tank in those model years is vulnerable to rear-end crashes. The story comes days after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordered an engineering analysis of the vehicles.

Chrysler told the station, which like USA TODAY is owned by the Gannett Co., that the "1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees are neither defective nor do their fuel systems pose an unreasonable risk to motor safety in rear impact collisions."

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