Updated at: 06/17/2013 10:05 PM
By TOM KRISHER
(AP) DETROIT - Chrysler is expected to file papers Tuesday explaining its refusal to recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs.
The U.S. government asked Chrysler earlier this month to recall Grand Cherokees and Libertys because the position of the fuel tank leaves it susceptible to rupture in a rear-end crash. The ruptured tank can spill gasoline, which can ignite if an ignition source is present.
The agency says 51 people have been killed in accidents involving the older Jeeps.
But on June 4, Chrysler publicly rejected the recall, saying the Jeeps are safe and the government is creating a new standard for gas tank strength.
Tuesday is the deadline for Chrysler to file its formal response to the government’s request.
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