A showdown over an SUV recall is brewing between one of the big 3 U.S. automakers and the federal government.
Chrysler is expected to file papers Tuesday explaining why it is refusing to recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs.
The government believes Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 2004, and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007, are at risk of catching fire in rear-end collisions.
51 people were killed in fiery crashes involving those vehicles with gas tanks mounted behind the rear axles.
Chrysler contends the SUVs met all federal safety standards.
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