Government safety regulators have expanded their investigation into gas tank fires to include 5.1 million older Jeep models. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the investigation now includes Jeep Cherokee and Liberty models. The probe is focused on the SUV's gas tanks which are mounted between the bumper and rear axle. The tanks can be damanged in a rear-impact crash and leak causing fires. The agency reports that 15 people have died in 26 Grand Cherokee fires. It affects 1993-2004 Grand Cherokees as well as 1993-2001 Cherokees, and 2002-2007 Liberty sport utility vehicles.
So far no recalls have been issued and Chrysler says that all Jeeps meet manufacturer and federal safety regulations. For more information please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, www.nhtsa.gov