The nation's auto safety agency is telling Chrysler to speed up a recall of 1.5 million older Jeeps with gas tanks that can rupture in a rear collision.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a letter to Chrysler on Wednesday saying that a "woeful" 3 per cent of the Jeeps have been fixed, more than a year after the recall began. The agency urged owners to take the Jeeps to dealers for repairs.
It's the latest skirmish in a 4 1/2-year feud between Chrysler and the agency over the recall, which Chrysler initially resisted, saying the Jeeps performed no worse than similar vehicles.
The two sides were headed for a public hearing and court battle until former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood intervened, and they compromised last year. The compromise still left some vehicles with the same tanks outside the recall and without repairs.