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Other top story tonight though Chrysler.
Backing down to recall pressure from the government.
Sort of the -- powerhouse reaching an agreement with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to fix several million jeeps fire risk.
But Chrysler is maintaining the vehicles US regulators have linked to 51 deaths are not effective.
Calling the efforts a voluntary campaign with more on this -- -- and -- executive editor for cars dot -- -- What do you make of this -- its interest thing they kind of went behind closed doors agreed to disagree.
Came together with something that's less than clear what should we make of it.
Well I believe there was a negotiation.
Behind the scenes which sometimes happens.
A few weeks ago the Chrysler group refuse to do this recall on the grounds that they say.
The data that -- NHTSA was using as as.
Grounds for this.
We're not corrected their conclusions were incorrect right I don't think they would have done that light knead lightly if they didn't really believe that something was wrong there.
What's happened since then I suspect because it is not technically -- recall.
That they might have had some traction with that but Chrysler is recognized that this is probably something that they can only lose in the court of public opinion.
Well and to that point act I mean.
They're fifty deaths linked to this by the federal government how'd -- get beyond that I -- -- and let's face it when you talk about fixing the problem they're gonna do a visual inspection.
And I think you know what that means a visual inspection may be mean very little at all -- I'm just saying as a consumer.
And somebody drives a car.
A little nervous about that.
-- -- can tell you I recently spoke with my contact at Chrysler and what they're doing is they're just looking to see of these particular -- have.
Trailer hitches if they do have factory normal -- trailer hitches.
Then they're okay.
If they don't they're actually going to add the trailer hitch and that is going to reinforce their rear end I asked the same question like what -- inspect meanwhile you have to inspect.
Honestly an owner can tell if they have a trailer -- or not.
But they make this a voluntary campaign is what they call it and one of the things that does is probably protects them.
From liability in the previous deaths because there is no admission that there's something wrong with the vehicle.
Well you know they're gonna fix two point seven million Jeep grand cherokees and Jeep to Jeep Liberty sports -- -- just saw pictures out.
You know look at that you mentioned the court of public opinion right.
Listen -- this survey by auto trader at the company chose to ignore suggests that vehicle recall as Chrysler did hear it very company that taxpayers bailed out.
Would you still consider buying a car from them 64%.
I won't consider any vehicle from that brand's lineup.
Joseph is this a case where the federal government was overreaching and overstepping.
Or is this a case where Chrysler.
Muscled its way through this got what it wanted out of a federal agency.
I think Chrysler knows -- -- some manufactures what this is about to the last time a challenge like this came up was 96 and that -- Chrysler to.
Here's the thing they won that case.
In court in 98 so what happened during the two years in the metal.
Let's be honest one the court decision finally comes through two years later is -- top of the of the hour news story.
Not really so I think they probably knew that and I still believe they would not have initially refused that they didn't think that they were stepping into a circumstance.
Where the regulators would just start throwing anything they want and manufacture and say you've got to do something about this.
They pushed back because they believed and still maintain.
That the vehicles are no less safe than the other vehicles from that era and they have a whole bunch of data that that and they say thanks.
It -- is -- still makes me nervous -- thanks for coming hot and usual for a company to push back on something like this that's why we're giving it such coverage tonight and thank you for coming on.
You wrote them.
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