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Resource ID: #18888
Subject: Transportation
Source: KSTP-TV (Minneapolis)
Date: November 18 & 21, 2001



A KSTP-TV Eyewitness news investigation found a serious design flaw in the Jeep brand automobiles. In low-speed, rear-impact collisions, passenger doors have tended to jam and the gas tank tears loose, emptying into the passenger compartment. KSTP-TV's investigative reporter Jay Kolls found that five people have died in slow speed crashes because of trapped doors, but Daimler-Chrysler and American Motors (the company that formerly made Jeep vehicles) knew about the defect since the 1980s and failed to make any changes.

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