Daimler-Chrysler's Chrysler Group yesterday announced that it will conduct a voluntary recall of some 2002 model year Jeep Grand Cherokees to address a noncompliance issue relating to the on-board refueling vapour recovery (ORVR) system, a new government requirement for 2002.

The recall will affect 76,143 (71,677 in the United States, 2,997 in Canada, 1,181 in Mexico and 288 international export) 2002 model year vehicles with brush guards, built to the end of the 2001 calendar year.

Two-thirds of these vehicles also will be checked for other ORVR issues, including the fuel inlet check valve, which may cause fuel to spit back, and an issue within the evaporative vapour canister that may prevent the vehicle from being refuelled.

During an internal test it was determined that, in a high-speed rear impact, the fuel valve might become detached from the tank, allowing fuel to leak in a post-crash rollover though this would not occur in low-speed bumper collisions.

Chrysler found that that the system is inconsistent with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 301 and told the NHTSA that it would implement a safety recall to address the noncompliance.

Chrysler will repair the valve's noncompliance by installing a reinforcing bracket but said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the fault.