The Detroit News is reporting that the Chrysler Group's recent agreement to voluntarily recall certain older Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Libertys was the result of a secret meeting between outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator David Stickland, and CEO Sergio Marchionne. In an interview with David Shepardson, from the News' Washington Bureau, LaHood, who leaves office at the end of next week, discussed the timeline of the deal. After the opening volleys had been fired over the agency's request for a recall of 2.7 million Jeep vehicles built from 1993 to 2007, LaHood called Marchionne to set up a meeting. That meeting took place on Sunday, June 9 in the Federal Aviation Administration's offices at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. After what LaHood described as an hour-long "frank" meeting, there was an agreement to attempt to settle the matter. Chrysler engineers were dispatched to..
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