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Chrysler, US end fight over Jeeps; some recalled

DETROIT — After initially defying regulators, Chrysler agreed Tuesday to recall some older Jeeps with fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires in rear-end collisions.

But the recall, which came in an 11th-hour deal between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covers only 1.56 million of the 2.7 million Jeeps the government wanted repaired. By giving in to government pressure, Chrysler sidesteps a showdown that could have led to public hearings with witnesses providing details of deadly crashes. The dispute could have landed in court and hurt Chrysler’s image and finances.

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