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NEWS: Chrysler recalling 350,000 cars for possible stalling
Detroit News  @ September 26, 2014

SEPT 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC said it is recalling nearly 350,000 older cars and SUVs because ignition switches could malfunction and cause stalling.

The recall covers 349,442 2008, Dodge Chargers, Dodge Magnums, Chrysler 300 sedans, Jeep Commanders and Jeep Grand Cherokees; 292,000 are in the United States, 19,000 in Canada, 5,000 in Mexico and 33,000 elsewhere.

Chrysler — a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV — has now recalled more than 2 million vehicles since 2011 for ignition switch problems. The issue got new attention after General Motors Co. in February recalled 2.6 million cars for ignition switches that could move out of the "on" position to the accessory or off position, causing them to stall and disabling air bags. GM has recalled more than 16 million vehicles this year for ignition issues.

Chrysler said its investigation found that in some 2008 models produced before May 2008, vehicles "may not fully return to the 'on' position after rotation to the 'start' position during engine-startup. Instead, they may remain between the 'start' and 'on' positions. If this occurs, windshield defroster and wiper function may be lost. Air bag function is not affected."

Chrysler said its investigation also showed a "less probable" problem could cause air bags to fail. "An ignition key may not fully return to the 'on' position after rotation to the 'start' position and may inadvertently move through the 'on' position to 'accessory" or "off.' If this occurs, it may result in reduced braking power and a loss of engine power, power steering, and one or more of the vehicle's safety features including front air bags," Chrysler said.

Chrysler said it is aware of a single minor accident that was possibly related to either condition — and no injuries. The automaker wants owners to only use their ignition key and not use a key chain. Chrysler doesn't yet have a fix for the problem — or for an earlier recall announced in July for ignition issues.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has notified major automakers it wants to make sure they are looking at ignition switch issues and wants automakers to brief them on system interactions — like the connection between airbags not deploying and ignition key position. NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman said earlier this month the agency has been looking closely at the issue.

Chrysler and NHTSA discussed the issue in recent weeks and Chrysler notified the safety agency of the recall last week.

Friedman told The Detroit News that the Chrysler ignition recall "is exactly a result of our new understanding of this relationship between ignition switches and the air bag. Once we had that information we were able to comb the data and present a case ... and they followed up with a recall."

Chrysler is still investigating the problem and doesn't have a fix yet. Until then, owners are advised to make sure the ignition keys are in the "on" position.

In June, NHTSA announced it was opening investigations into 1.2 million Chrysler vehicles because of reports that a driver's knee can move the ignition switch out of the "run" position, causing the vehicles to stall and disabling the air bags. That included 525,000 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees in the United States. NHTSA has said it still is investigating whether Chrysler's fix is adequate in many of the recalled vehicles.

In late June, Chrysler said it would recall nearly 696,000 minivans and SUVs worldwide under government pressure because ignition keys could rotate out of the "on" position, potentially causing stalling and the air bag not to deploy in a front-end crash. Chrysler said it was expanding a 2011 recall to cover the 2009 Dodge Journey and 2008-09 Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country "for inadvertent ignition key rotation from the run position to the accessory position."

In July, Chrysler said it was recalling nearly 800,000 older Jeep SUVs for ignition switch problems, and urged owners to only use the ignition key as the automaker works to find a fix. The company said the recall covers some 2006-07 Jeep Commander and 2005-07 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. Chrysler said Thursday said it doesn't yet have a fix

Chrysler said it had about 30 customer complaints and 465 warranty claims alleging inadvertent engine shut-off while driving — and reports of two rear-end collisions arising from the condition. There are no reports of deaths or injuries from air bags failing to deploy in crashes linked to the defect. Chrysler disclosed that on June 17, NHTSA asked the automaker in a phone call to recall the 2008-09 vehicles. But the automaker is standing by its recall remedy — adding a detent ring to the switch to make it stiffer, instead of replacing the entire part in the minivan and SUV recall — even though NHTSA has concerns it may not work.

Last month, Chrysler said it is establishing a new office of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance. It will be led by Senior Vice President Scott Kunselman.

Previously, Chrysler housed auto safety in its global engineering group. It is now served by a stand-alone organization. Chrysler's top safety engineer previously reported to Mark Chernoby, who was senior vice president of engineering. Chrysler said last month the move "will help intensify the company's continuing commitment to vehicle safety and regulatory compliance."

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles;  FUEL PUMP RELAY
Report Receipt Date: SEP 04, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V530000 
Component(s):  FUEL PUMP RELAY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 188,723 

SEPT 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 5, 2010, to July 20, 2011, and equipped with either a 3.6L or 5.7L engine. In the affected vehicles, the fuel pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM-7) may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning. A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump relay with one external to the TIPM, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 24, 2014. Chrysler's number for this recall is P54. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Ram 1500 and 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicles; REAR SHOCKS 
Report Receipt Date: JUL 02, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V392000 
Component(s): REAR SHOCKS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 15,956 

AUG 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Ram 1500 and 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicles. Due to an insufficient weld, the rear shocks may detach from the vehicle at one end and possibly damage other chassis components, the tire or result in reduced braking. Damage to the tire or reduced braking increases the risk of a vehicle crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear shocks and replace any affected ones, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2014. Chrysler's number for this recall is P37. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler recalls 800,000 SUVs for ignition problems
Detroit News  @ July 23, 2014

JULY 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC is recalling nearly 800,000 older Jeep SUVs for ignition switch problems, and is urging owners to only use the ignition key as the automaker works to find a fix.

The company said the recall covers some 2006-07 Jeep Commander and 2005-07 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs, and said its engineers are seeking a remedy. “Chrysler is committing now to conduct a recall out of an abundance of caution,” the company said.

Chrysler advised owners to make sure there is enough clearance between their knees and the keys so that the key doesn’t get bumped and accidentally turn off the engine. As a further precaution, owners are advised to remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key.

The problem is similar to the issue that has rocked cross-town rival General Motors Co. after it failed to promptly recall 2.6 million cars linked to at least 13 deaths when air bags failed to deploy after vehicles stalled. GM has recalled more than 12 million other vehicles for other ignition problems.

Chrysler said it is unaware of any related injuries. The automaker reported it knows of one accident and at least 32 complaints involving less than a tiny fraction of the recalled vehicles — 0.015 percent.

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Chrysler has now recalled about 1.7 million vehicles for ignition switch problems since 2011. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration still is investigating whether Chrysler’s fix is adequate in most of the recalled vehicles.

In June, NHTSA announced it was opening investigations into 1.2 million Chrysler vehicles because of reports that a driver’s knee can move the ignition switch out of the “run” position, causing the vehicles to stall and disabling the air bags. That included 525,000 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees in the United States after 32 complaints allege the driver’s knee can contact the key fob or key chain and cause the ignition to be turned off.

The Auburn Hills unit of Fiat Chrysler SpA said its preliminary investigation suggests an outside force, usually attributed to contact with the driver’s knee, may move ignition keys from the “on” position. Chrysler said the problem may cause the engine to stall, reducing braking power and making steering more difficult. Safety features such as front air bags may also be disabled.

Chrysler said it will alert owners by mid-September when they may schedule service.

Chrysler said the recall will cover 649,900 vehicles in the U.S.; 28,800 in Canada; 12,800 in Mexico and 100,800 outside of the NAFTA region. The Commander is no longer in production and the Grand Cherokee has since been completely redesigned; newer models are not subject to the recall.

In an interview last week, acting NHTSA Administrator David Friedman said the agency is looking more broadly at the issue of whether other automakers have ignition issues.

“This whole GM Cobalt recall brought to light a whole set of new information about interactions between ignition switches and air bags. We quickly jumped on that new information ... We’re still in that process.”

Despite the new recalls Chrysler is still behind last year’s pace. Chrysler has recalled more than 2.8 million vehicles in 20 campaigns this year compared with 3.5 million in 31 campaigns in the same period last year.

Last month, Chrysler said it would recall nearly 696,000 minivans and SUVs worldwide under government pressure because ignition keys could rotate out of the “on” position, potentially causing stalling and the air bag not to deploy in a front-end crash.

Last month, Chrysler said it will expand a 2011 recall to cover the 2009 Dodge Journey and 2008-09 Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country “for inadvertent ignition key rotation from the run position to the accessory position.”

Chrysler said it had about 30 customer complaints and 465 warranty claims alleging inadvertent engine shut-off while driving — and reports of two rear-end collisions arising from the condition. There are no reports of deaths or injuries from air bags failing to deploy in crashes linked to the defect.

Chrysler disclosed that on June 17, NHTSA asked the automaker in a phone call to recall the 2008-09 vehicles. But the automaker is standing by its recall remedy — adding a detent ring to the switch to make it stiffer, instead of replacing the entire part — even though NHTSA has concerns it may not work.

The Commander and Grand Cherokee have a different ignition switch — an instrument panel mounted switch — compared to column ignition switches in the minivans.

Separately Tuesday, Chrysler Group said it will recall an estimated 21,000 vehicles to inspect and, if necessary, replace the shocks or struts. Chrysler said some vehicles may have been assembled using a shipment of shocks and struts that do not meet Chrysler standards.

That recall covers some 2014 Ram 1500 pickups, 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs and 2015 Chrysler 200 sedans assembled within a 16-day period ending June 6 of 2014. An estimated 14,300 vehicles are in the U.S.; 5,300 in Canada; 160 in Mexico and 2,000 outside North America.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2011-2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles; INTERIOR LIGHTS; ELECTRICAL
Report Receipt Date: JUL 02, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V391000 
Component(s):  INTERIOR LIGHTS; ELECTRICAL
Potential Number of Units Affected: 651,130 

JULY 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 5, 2010, through December 11, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short circuit, after a service repair is performed. If the vanity lamp wiring shorts, there is an increased risk of fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair any damaged wiring, and install a new sun visor that properly routes the wire, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P36. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and Jeep Cherokee vehicles; VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL 
Report Receipt Date: JUN 04, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V293000 
Component(s): VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6,120 

JUNE 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured January 16, 2014 to April 8, 2014, Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 16, 2014 to April 8, 2014, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vehicles manufactured February 3, 2014 to April 8, 2014, and Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured March 6, 2014 to April 17, 2014. When the adaptive cruise control is engaged and the driver presses the accelerator pedal to increase the vehicle's speed more than the cruise control system would on its own, the vehicle may continue to accelerate briefly after the accelerator pedal is released. The unintended continued acceleration may increase the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will re-flash the Driver Assistance System Module (DASM), free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2014. Chrysler's number for this recall is P31. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2014 Ram ProMaster vehicles; AIR BAGS , ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , EXTERIOR LIGHTING 
Report Receipt Date: JUN 04, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V294000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS , ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , EXTERIOR LIGHTING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17,726 

JUNE 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ram ProMaster vehicles manufactured April 23, 2013 to May 22, 2014. The affected vehicles may experience circuit corrosion from water intrusion around the in-floor battery cover and door footwell trim. This water intrusion may affect the vehicle's running and disable the air bags, stop lamps, turn signals, backup lights and/or door locks, increasing the risk of a crash, as well as injury to the occupants if the air bags do not deploy. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all the connectors in the footwell areas, the ignition fuse and the occupant restraint control (ORC) module for corrosion, if corrosion is found, dealers will repair the connectors in the footwell area and the ignition fuse, and replace the ORC module. They will also install a water barrier sealer on the floor, add di-electric grease to all footwell connectors and replace the body plug. The in-floor battery ignition fuse will be relocated, and add di-electric grease to the ORC module connector. These repairs will be performed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Chrysler's number for this recall is P32. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2010-2014 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles;  VENT WINDOW SWITCH
Report Receipt Date: MAY 07, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V234000 
Component(s):  VENT WINDOW SWITCH
Potential Number of Units Affected: 644,850 

MAY 2014 -- Chrysler Group, LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured August 25, 2010, through October 31, 2013. The affected vehicles may experience overheating of the vent window switch in the driver's door armrest. An overheated switch may result in a vehicle fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the vent window switch with a newer version, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2014. Chrysler's number for this recall is P25. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 trucks; TRANSMISSION
Report Receipt Date: APR 01, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V161000 
Component(s): TRANSMISSION
Potential Number of Units Affected: 125 

APRIL 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ram 1500 4x4 vehicles manufactured January 24, 2014, through February 5, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the transmission case may have been improperly machined which can result in the park pawl not properly engaging when the transmission is in the 'Park' position. If the park pawl does not properly engage, the vehicle may rollaway, increasing the risk of a crash and occupant or pedestrian injuries. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the transmission, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Chrysler's number for this recall is P13. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles; SERVICE BRAKES , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Report Receipt Date: APR 01, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V154000 
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 644,354 

APRIL 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2010, through September 8, 2013. The subject vehicles have a brake booster with a center shell that may corrode and allow water to get inside. The water inside could freeze and limit the braking ability of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will add a water diverter shield to the booster after the booster has been tested to confirm it can hold an acceptable amount of vacuum pressure. If the booster inspection confirms an unacceptable loss of vacuum pressure, the booster will be replaced. Repairs will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Chrysler's recall campaign number is P14. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2014 Ram 5500 trucks
Report Receipt Date: MAR 04, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V100000 
Component(s): 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 195 

MARCH 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ram 5500 trucks manufactured August 14, 2013, through January 7, 2014. The certification label has the incorrect Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). Thus, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 567 "Certification Regulations." If the Certification Label has the incorrect Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), the operator may overload the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace all existing certification labels with corrected certification labels, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2014. Chrysler's number associated with this recall is P07. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Dodge Charger vehicles; HEADLIGHTS
Report Receipt Date: MAR 04, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V101000 
Component(s): HEADLIGHTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 43,452 

MARCH 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured May 20, 2010, through November 8, 2011, and equipped with halogen headlamps. In the affected vehicles, a sub-harness for the headlights may overheat and cause the low beam headlights to go out. Loss of headlights reduces the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the headlamp jumper harnesses and bulbs, or the headlamp assemblies, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2014. Chrysler's number associated with this recall is P08. This recall concerns non-police vehicles. A separate campaign was launched in 2012 to address police vehicles. See NHTSA recall 12V-042. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler recalls 49,400 Charger cars for headlight issue; 2011-2012: HEADLIGHTS
Yahoo News  @ March 14, 2014

MARCH 2014 -- Chrysler Group said on Thursday it is recalling about 49,400 full-size Dodge Charger cars for possible overheating of headlight parts.

Chrysler, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles , said customer service data led engineers to investigate reports similar to those that prompted a 2012 recall of more than 9,600 Charger police cars from model years 2011 and 2012 to address overheating of jumper harnesses and other parts.

Chrysler said it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to either recall.

In the latest recall, Chrysler said it will inspect and replace if needed at no cost to the owner the headlight jumper harnesses and bulbs, or headlight assembles on certain 2011-2012 model-year Charger cars equipped with halogen headlights.

Of the vehicles affected in the recall, about 43,450 are in the United States, 2,850 in Canada, 375 in Mexico and 2,700 outside of North America, the company said.
Chrysler said it will contact affected owners and tell them when they can schedule service.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2012-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles; SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC  
Report Receipt Date: MAR 04, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V104000 
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 18,690 

MARCH 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured October 11, 2011, through October 1, 2012. Under certain braking events, the Ready Alert Braking System (RAB) may result in the driver experiencing a hard brake pedal feel. If the driver experiences a hard brake pedal, the driver may not push the pedal as intended, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the ABS module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Chrysler's number associated with this recall is P05. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling 25,250 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles; 2012-2013: BRAKES
Yahoo News  @ March 10, 2014

MARCH 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC said it is recalling 25,250 Jeep and Dodge sport utility vehicles globally to address a braking issue.

Chrysler, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles , said the recall is being done to improve pedal feel during certain aggressive braking maneuvers.

An investigation found brake fluid flow was being restricted too much and the company said it is updating software to improve the flow and restore appropriate pedal feel.

A company spokesman said Monday there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue.

Chrysler said a supplier raised a concern about a part that accommodates Ready Alert Braking, a safety system that primes brakes for optimal response when making a sudden stop. The company said brake function was not lost or out of compliance, but pedal feel was not consistent with customer expectations.

Affected models are certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from model years 2012 and 2013, including about 18,700 in the United States, 825 in Canada, 530 in Mexico and 5,200 outside of North America, the company said in a statement late Friday.

Chrysler said it will notify customers when to schedule service, the cost of which the company will cover..

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2014 Ram ProMaster vehicles; BRAKES; BRAKE HOSES   
Report Receipt Date: FEB 04, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V034000 
Component(s): BRAKES; BRAKE HOSES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,664 

MARCH 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ram ProMaster vehicles manufactured July 1, 2013, through November 15, 2013. During manufacturing, a tool may have damaged one of the brake hoses which may result in a leakage of brake fluid from the brake hose. Brake fluid leakage would result in a reduction of brake performance, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the brake hoses, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Chrysler's number for this recall is P03. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2014 Ram ProMaster vehicles ; VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL   
Report Receipt Date: FEB 04, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V032000 
Component(s): VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7,935

JANUARY 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ram ProMaster vehicles manufactured July 1, 2013, through December 10, 2013. In the affected vehicles, if the accelerator pedal is pushed downward at a certain angle, the pedal may get stuck in the wide open throttle position due to interference with the accelerator pedal stopper. A stuck accelerator pedal can result in uncontrolled acceleration, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will replace the accelerator pedal stopper with a larger one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Chrysler's number for this recall is P02. Note: These vehicles are equipped with a brake override system. In the event a pedal is trapped, pushing on the brake pedal will brake the vehicle and enable the driver to slow and stop and turn off the vehicle. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler recalling nearly 10,000 vans for pedal problem
Detroit News @ February 7, 2014

FEBRUARY 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC said Friday it is recalling 9,655 full-size vans to prevent accelerator pedals from sticking, which could lead to unintended acceleration.

The Auburn Hills unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said it is recalling its 2014 Ram ProMaster vans to resolve a condition that may allow an accelerator pedal to stick in the wide-open position if force is applied at an angle.

Chrysler said it is knows of no injuries, accidents or customer complaints. All Chrysler vehicles are equipped with a brake-throttle override system. This enables brake-pedal application to override any simultaneous accelerator input so the driver can bring the vehicle to a stop.

This issue was discovered during testing at a Chrysler facility, where a driver applied downward force at an angle. Chrysler Group engineers investigated and found a 3.0-inch (75-mm) stop — which went into production four days after the incident — did not bind, even when force was applied to the accelerator pedal at an angle, Chrysler said.

Chrysler said the recall covers 7,935 vehicles in the U.S.; 1,437 vehicles in Canada; and 283 in Mexico. Approximately half of all affected vehicles are in dealer hands. No incidents have been reported among owners, but one reported incident occurred at Chrysler's proving grounds, prompting the internal investigation.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Chrysler 300 AWD, Dodge Charger AWD, and Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 vehicles; POWER TRAIN
Report Receipt Date: DEC 06, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V610000 
Component(s): POWER TRAIN 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,194 

DECEMBER 2013 - Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Chrysler 300 AWD, Dodge Charger AWD, and Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 vehicles equipped with ZF all wheel drive ("AWD") 8HP45 transmissions. In the affected vehicles, the transmission output shaft may fracture. The transmission output shaft fracture could result in a loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in 'Park'. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the transmissions, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is to begin in January 2014. Chrysler's recall number is N65. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler recalls certain 2013 Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200, and 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles; ENGINE
Report Receipt Date: NOV 06, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V552000 
Component(s): ENGINE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 522 

DECEMBER 2013 - Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200, and model year 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles equipped with 2.4L engines. Due to abrasive debris in the balance shaft bearings, these engines may have a loss of engine oil pressure, possibly resulting in an engine stall or engine failure. If the engine stalls while driving it may increase the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine balance shaft module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N52.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Dodge Dart vehicles; AIR BAGS
Report Receipt Date: NOV 06, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V555000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 374

DECEMBER 2013 - Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Dart vehicles manufactured May 10, 2013, through August 24, 2013 and equipped with the Mopar 13 trim package. In the affected vehicles, the front seat mounted side airbags (SAB) may not have been properly installed into the seat.In the event of a crash necessitating SAB deployment, the SABs may fail to deploy as intended, increasing the risk of injury. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the SAB installation and re-install them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N61. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2008-2012 RAM 2500 4X4 and 3500 4X4 trucks
Report Receipt Date: NOV 06, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V529000 
Component(s): STEERING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 265,044 

NOVEMBER 2013 - Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 RAM 2500 4X4 and 3500 4X4 trucks. The left tie rod assembly may break. A failure of the tie rod assembly may result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a new left tie rod assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N49. This recall supersedes tie rod recall 10V657. Vehicles that were previously remedied under recall 10V657 are also affected by this campaign. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov..

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2003-2008 Dodge RAM 2500 4x4 and 3500 4x4, 2007-2008 Dodge RAM 3500 4x2 Cab Chassis and 2006-2008 Dodge RAM 1500 Mega Cab 4x4 trucks
Report Receipt Date: NOV 06, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V528000 
Component(s): STEERING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 707,176 

NOVEMBER 2013 - Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2003-2008 Dodge RAM 2500 4x4 and 3500 4x4, model year 2007-2008 Dodge RAM 3500 4x2 Cab Chassis and model year 2006-2008 Dodge RAM 1500 Mega Cab 4x4 trucks manufactured February 12, 2002, through February 13, 2008. The left tie rod assembly may break. A failure of the tie rod assembly may result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the steering linkage and install a new left tie rod assembly, as needed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N62. This recall supersedes Chrysler tie rod recall 11V350. Vehicles that were previously remedied under recall 11V350 are also affected by this campaign. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2008-2012 RAM 4500 and 5500 trucks
Report Receipt Date: NOV 06, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V527000 
Component(s): STEERING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 36,710 

NOVEMBER 2013 - Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 RAM 4500 and 5500 trucks manufactured February 20, 2007, through December 22, 2012. The left tie rod assembly may break. A failure of the tie rod assembly may result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a new left tie rod assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N63. This recall supersedes tie rod recall 10V657. Vehicles that were previously remedied under recall 10V657 are also affected by this campaign. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling about 1.2 million Ram trucks to fix front-end problems that could lead to steering troubles
Detroit Free Press @ November 9, 2013

NOVEMBER 2013 - Chrysler is recalling about 1.2 million Ram trucks to fix front-end problems that could lead to steering troubles.

The company announced three recalls on Friday. It wants to inspect the trucks and says only 453,000 will likely need repairs.

Chrysler said Friday in a statement that it knows of six crashes and two injuries involving the 2008 to 2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks that are being recalled, and one crash with no injuries from the other recalled models.

The trucks are being recalled because tie-rod ends in the steering system may have been installed improperly, which Chrysler says stemmed from technicians misinterpreting instructions. Those tie-rods could be out of alignment, which Chrysler says can lead to steering failures.

The company has since updated the instructions and the parts involved.

The first case covers 842,400 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from 2003 through 2008. Chrysler says 116,000 were repaired with tie-rods in the steering system that could be out of alignment.

The other two involve trucks with tie-rod assemblies that were replaced in previous recalls. They cover 294,000 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from the 2008 through 2012 model years, and 2008 Ram 1500 four-by-four mega cabs. Also included are 43,000 Ram 4500 and 5500 four-by-four chassis cabs from 2008 through 2012.

Customers will be notified by letter in December, and work could begin in January, the company said. Owners of Ram 4500 and 5500 models can take their trucks to dealers for interim repairs because parts may not be available until late next year, the statement said. The interim service would involve realignment of the front ends.

Chrysler said about 968,000 of the affected trucks are in the U.S., with another 157,000 in Canada, 37,100 in Mexico and 18,000 from other countries.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2014 RAM 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks
Report Receipt Date: OCT 17, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V486000 
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,370 

OCTOBER 2013 - Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 RAM 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks manufactured July 1, 2013, through August 22, 2013. Randomly, the warning lights in the instrument cluster may fail to illuminate as designed. Inoperative warning lights may not properly warn the driver of vehicle problems, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the instrument cluster software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late November 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N59. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

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NEWS: Chrysler recalls 10,800 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups; Instrument Lighting & Software
Yahoo News @ October 1, 2013

OCTOBER 2013 - Chrysler said Tuesday it was recalling 10,800 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups to upgrade software that controls instrument illumination. It said most of the trucks were still at dealerships.

The automaker said it was unaware of any associated accidents or injuries with any of the problems, and will update the software free of charge.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2012 RAM 3500, 4500 and 5500 trucks
Report Receipt Date: AUG 06, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V344000 
Component(s): POWER TRAIN 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 85 

AUGUST 2013 - Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2012 RAM 3500 trucks manufactured May 4, 2012, through August 7, 2012; and model year 2012 RAM 4500 and 5500 trucks manufactured May 3, 2012, through August 7, 2012. Due to a loose snap ring inside the transmission, there may be a loss of power transfer through the transmission to the wheels. An unexpected loss of power transfer may increase the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission assembly free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N50. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles
Report Receipt Date: JUL 02, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V291000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 184 

JUNE 2013 - Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured June 11, 2013, through June 12, 2013. The occupant restraint control module (ORC) has incorrect software installed which may adversely affect air bag deployments in collisions. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection" and No. 214, "Side Impact Protection." An air bag that does not deploy, or deploys improperly, may increase the risk of injury. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ORC module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N48. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, and RAM C/V Tradesman vehicles
Report Receipt Date: JUL 02, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V287000 
Component(s): ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 45,961 

JUNE 2013 - Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 1500 4x4 trucks manufactured June 26, 2012, through February 5, 2013. Due to a software issue with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) module, the ESC system may be disabled when the vehicle is started. A disabled ESC system may result in loss of directional control, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the ESC module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N37. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, and RAM C/V Tradesman vehicles
Report Receipt Date: JUL 02, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V283000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS , ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 224,254 

JUNE 2013 - Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, and RAM C/V Tradesman vehicles manufactured May 10, 2012, through June 7, 2013. A software error may result in the opposite side airbags deploying from the collision point (a left side impact would deploy the right side airbags and vice versa). In the event of a crash, the wrong side airbags could deploy leaving the occupant with no airbag protection at the point of impact, increasing the risk of injury. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will flash the occupant restraint control module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N44. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2011-2013 Sebring and 200; 2011-2013 Dodge Avenger: 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro: 2011-2012 Jeep Liberty
Report Receipt Date: JUL 02, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V282000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS , ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 442,481

JUNE 2013 - Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Sebring and 200 vehicles manufactured June 28, 2011, through December 13, 2012; model year 2011-2013 Dodge Avenger vehicles manufactured June 25, 2011, through January 14, 2013; model year 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro vehicles manufactured June 17, 2011, through December 15, 2011; and model year 2011-2012 Jeep Liberty vehicles manufactured June 17, 2011, through August 15, 2012. Electrical over-stress of a resistor in the occupant restraint control module may lead to the non-deployment of the active head restraints during a rear impact collision. In the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the active head restraints , their non-deployment could increase the risk of injury. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will flash the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) or replace the occupant restraint control module, as needed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N38. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrylser recalls 840,000 vehicles, mostly in U.S.
Yahoo News  @ July 3, 2013

JULY 2013 -- Chrysler Group LLC said on Wednesday it will recall 840,000 vehicles in the United States and other countries, mostly for active-restraint head rests that are possibly flawed. Five separate recalls include nearly 500,000 cars and SUVs for the active-restaint head rest issue, and another 282,000 minivans for possible malfunctioning air bags, Chrysler said. While Chrysler has improved its scores on third-party quality assessments such as Consumer Reports in recent years, it has issued 12 separate recalls since early June involving about 4 million vehicles.

This figure includes 2.7 million older Jeep models Chrysler recalled after initially resisting U.S. regulators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Most of the affected vehicles are in the United States. Included in the recalls announced on Wednesday are about 490,000 cars and SUVs that have potentially faulty micro computer components for head rests that are designed to move forward during rear-end crashes.This recall affects 2011-2013 Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger and Jeep Liberty vehicles, as well as 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro SUVs.

Chrysler will fix the vehicles by upgrading a power module or the "occupant restraint control module," the automaker said in papers filed with NHTSA. The recall affects 442,000 vehicles in the United States, 25,000 in Canada, 10,000 in Mexico and 12,000 outside North America.

Some 282,000 model year 2013 minivans in the United States, Canada, Mexico and outside North America are to be recalled because a side air bag software component was not programmed properly, which could affect proper deployment, Chrysler said. Of these, 224,250 are in the United States and 49,30 in Canada.Affected models are 2013 Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country and Ram Cargo Van.

In another recall announced on Wednesday, Chrysler said 69,000 of its 2013 Ram 1500 pickup trucks with all-wheel drive may have an electronic stability control software glitch. Chrysler said it has received a "small amount" of reports from dealers that the electronic stability control lamp was illuminated, indicating that the system was disabled. There have been no reported accidents or injuries related to this issue, Chrysler said. In the Ram 1500 recall, about 46,000 vehicles are in the United States, 21,000 in Canada, 1,400 in Mexico and 770 outside North America. Two smaller recalls announced Wednesday affect 1,060 commercial vans and 226 minivans not yet in dealer hands for issues that have not led to any accidents or injuries, Chrysler said.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Dodge Dart vehicles; Power Train
Report Receipt Date: JUN 04, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V238000 
Component(s): POWER TRAIN 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 12,907 

JUNE 2013 - Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Dart vehicles manufactured March 1, 2012, through February 28, 2013 and equipped with a 1.4L MultiAir turbo engine and dual dry clutch transmission. These vehicles may experience an engine stall when the temperature is 20 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. If the engine stalls while driving it may increase the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N32. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks
Report Receipt Date: JUN 04, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V240000 
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,069 

AUGUST 2013 - Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks manufactured January 7, 2013, through February 28, 2013 and equipped with optional premium headlamps. The headlamp shutters may function improperly when in high-beam mode. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment." Improper headlight shutter function during high beam use may reduce the drivers visibility and possibly blind oncoming traffic. Either condition may increase the risk of crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reconfigure the Central Body Controller, free of charge. The recall began July 30, 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N33. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain 2012 RAM 4500 and 5500 trucks
Report Receipt Date: JUN 04, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V239000 
Component(s): POWER TRAIN 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,617 

AUGUST 2013 - Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2012 RAM 4500 and 5500 trucks manufactured February 2, 2012, through the end of model year 2012. Due to a welding issue with the front axle carrier, the front drive shaft may fracture and result in a loss of motive power and damage to surrounding components if the shaft continues to spin. Damage to other components, or sudden loss of drive power may increase the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace or repair the front axle assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin late September 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N26. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks
Report Receipt Date: JUN 04, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V237000 
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 30,197 

JUNE 2013 - Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks manufactured September 9, 2012, through March 5, 2013 and equipped with optional premium tail lamps. In the affected vehicles, the turn signal indicator may not flash at a double rate to give a notification to the driver of a turn signal malfunction. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment." Without a warning that the turn signal is malfunctioning, the driver would continue to use the vehicle, unaware that other drivers on the road are not being notified that the vehicle is turning, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Central Body Controller software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N35. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles
Report Receipt Date: MAY 07, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V177000 
Component(s): ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 498 

APRIL 2013 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 1500 trucks manufactured manufactured June 25, 2012, through December 12, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the coolant bypass valve may stick in a position that does not allow coolant to flow into the heater core. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Vehicle Motor Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 103, "Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems." Without a properly working windshield defrosting system, a buildup of mositure or ice could limit the driver's ability to see, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace replace the suspect coolant valves along with an updated calibration, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N25. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles
Report Receipt Date: APR 03, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V128000 
Component(s): PARKING BRAKE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6,574 

APRIL 2013 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles manufactured December 17, 2012, through January 22, 2013. The parking brake cable equalizer was set incorrectly and may not hold the vehicle on a 20% grade. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the parking brake performance requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems." If the parking brake fails to operate as designed, the vehicle could roll when parked, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reset the parking brake cable equalizer if required, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 12, 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N22. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Dodge Dart vehicles
Report Receipt Date: APR 03, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V124000 
Component(s): PARKING BRAKE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 46 

APRIL 2013 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Dart vehicles manufactured on November 27, 2012. Some vehicles may have been built with incorrect rear brake calipers, which could result in an inoperable parking brake. If the parking brake is inoperable, the vehicle could roll when parked increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected brake calipers, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during April 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N21. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks
Report Receipt Date: APR 03, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V122000 
Component(s): ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6,143 

APRIL 2013 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks manufactured January 7, 2013, through March 6, 2013. The engine cover may trap an excessive amount of heat under the cover. The excessive heat under the engine cover may result in an under hood fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the existing engine cover with one that is a different design, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during May 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N19. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2011-2012 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Charger vehicles
Report Receipt Date: APR 03, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V118000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 119,497   

APRIL 2013 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured April 11, 2011, through December 14, 2011. The affected vehicles may have improperly sized terminal crimps on the seat side-airbag wiring harness which may cause the seat side-airbags to malfunction and illuminate the airbag warning light. In the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment the airbags may not operate as designed, increasing the risk of injury. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace both driver and passenger seat airbag wiring harnesses, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during April 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N07. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2007-2008 Dodge Nitro 4X2 and 2008 Jeep Liberty 4X2 vehicles
Report Receipt Date: APR 03, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V121000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS , POWER TRAIN , STRUCTURE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 61,409  

APRIL 2013 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Dodge Nitro 4X2 vehicles manufactured March 21, 2006, through March 1, 2008; and 2008 Jeep Liberty 4X2 vehicles manufactured February 15, 2007, through March 1, 2008. The transfer case heat shield may drop down and rub on the drive shaft, weakening it and potentially causing the drive shaft to break. If the drive shaft breaks, a section of it can strike the transfer case tunnel with enough force that the airbag computer will believe the vehicle is in a crash and thus deploy the airbags. Additionally, the drive shaft failure will result in a loss of motive power. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will add a bracket to support the rear of the heat shield, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during May 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N10. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler recalls more than 247,000 vehicles; Gas Tank, Drive Shaft, Air Bags
Yahoo News  @ April 9, 2013

APRIL 2013 -- Chrysler Group LLC is recalling more than 247,000 SUVs and cars for several problems, including faulty gas tank hoses, broken drive shafts and air bag warning lights that illuminate when there's no problem.

The largest of the recalls, posted Tuesday on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, covers about 139,000 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years. The automaker says that faulty wiring can cause the air bag warning lights to illuminate.

Cars made from April 11, 2011 to Dec. 14, 2011 are included. Chrysler says it will fix the vehicles for free and will start notifying owners about the problem this month.

The recall includes 119,000 cars in the U.S., with the rest in Canada, Mexico and other countries.

Chrysler also is recalling 78,500 two-wheel-drive Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro midsize SUVs because the drive shafts can break.

The SUVs are from the 2007 and 2008 model years. Chrysler says in documents filed with NHTSA that a heat shield can drop and rub against the drive shaft, causing it to wear and break. If the shaft breaks, the SUVs will lose power and the side air bags may inflate. Chrysler says it doesn't know of any crashes or injuries from the problem.

Dealers will install a bracket to hold the shield in place at no cost to customers.

The recall affects 61,400 vehicles in the U.S., 13,700 in Mexico, 1,000 in Canada and 2,300 elsewhere. Also included is a sister vehicle to the Liberty that is sold outside North America, the company said.

Chrysler says it has received less than 40 complaints about broken drive shafts in the vehicles.

Also, the automaker is recalling about 30,000 small SUVs because a faulty hose inside the gas tank can cause them to run out of fuel.

The recall affects Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass four-wheel-drive vehicles from the 2012 model year. If they run out of gas, the engines can stall.

Chrysler says it's aware of one crash but no injuries or fires due to the problem.

The company says the SUVs have saddle-style gas tanks that go around the rear drive shaft. Fuel is pumped from one side of the tank to the other through a hose. But Chrysler says some of the hoses weren't formed right in manufacturing, and they can stop the flow of gas.

The problem stems from a worldwide shortage last year of a nylon resin called PA-12. The shortage sent automakers scrambling for substitutes, one of which was used in the Compass and Patriot fuel tank hoses.

Chrysler says the hoses were made with a new material, which required a higher manufacturing temperature than PA-12. Some malformed tubes were shipped to the tank maker before the problem was found by Chrysler engineers. The manufacturing process was changed and the tubes now work properly, Chrysler said.

Dealers will replace the hoses free of charge. Owners will be notified starting next month.

The recall affects about 20,500 SUVs in the U.S. and 2,300 in Canada. The rest are in Mexico and outside North America. They were made from Oct. 18, 2011 to May 7, 2012.
Spokesman Eric Mayne said it's rare that this many recalls are made public in one day. Chrysler constantly tests its vehicles to find problems and fix them before customers have any trouble, he said.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Challenger vehicles
Report Receipt Date: MAR 21, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V103000  @  www.Safercar.Gov
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,051 

MARCH 2013 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Challenger vehicles manufactured from December 3, 2012, through January 24, 2013 and equipped with a V6 engine. The battery positive cable at the starter motor may experience an electrical short circuit to ground. A short circuit could lead to a vehicle fire. Chrysler has begun notifying owners and they are being advised to immediately refrain from driving their vehicles and to contact their dealers. Chrysler Group further advises affected owners not to park their vehicles in, or near, any structures. Dealers will replace the under hood starter cable assembly, free of charge. The recall notification began on March 20, 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N18. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler recalls 2013 Dodge Challenger; owners told not to drive
Detroit Free Press  @ March 14, 2013

MARCH 2013 -- Chrysler Group issued a rare recall today for 2013 Dodge Challengers equipped with V-6 engines, and took the even more unusual step of telling owners not to drive them.

The recall affects only 4,459 Challengers because of a wire harness that can overheat and lead to fires. Chrysler says it is a aware of seven incidents, none of which caused injuries.

Spokesman .. says the problem is due to a single batch of misconfigured electrical components. He refused to specify the particular part, not necessarily the wiring harness, at the heart of the problem. In any case, workers tried to reconfigure the parts, but the result was harnesses that can overheat and catch fire.

The recall applies only to cars made over the two months leading up to Jan. 24. About 2,500 of them are in the hands of owners. The rest are on dealers' lots.

Chrysler says it is trying to reach owners by phone and mail to tell them to park their cars until they can be repaired. In addition, it's telling them to make sure their cars aren't parked in garages or near other structures just in case they catch on fire. The automaker will provide a free loaner car.

The Challenger is a performance car that is often ordered with a big V-8 engine, but those aren't affected by the recall.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 13V043000   @  www.Safercar.Gov

FEBRUARY 2013 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger vehicles manufactured from October 30, 2012, through November 2, 2012. These vehicles may have a gas tank that has a broken control valve in the fuel tank assembly. A broken control valve in the fuel tank assembly may lead to an engine stall or fuel leakage. An engine stall while driving may contribute to a vehicle crash. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, may result in a fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel tank assembly and replace any affected control valves, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during March 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N02. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov 13V043000

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NEWS: Chrysler recalls mid-size cars for possible fuel tank issue
Detroit News  @ February 22. 2013

FEBRUARY 2013 -- Chrysler Group LLC is recalling nearly 2,000 new mid-size cars to fix a handful of vehicles with damaged fuel tank control valves.

The Auburn Hills automaker said it will repair 16 of 1,934 model-year 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger mid-size sedans built over a five-day period last fall and sold in North America. A routine maintenance operation led the tank supplier to discover it had shipped damaged goods.

Of the vehicles being recalled, 1,785 are in the United States. Chrysler dealers will inspect all vehicles subject to the recall. If damaged control valves are found, the vehicles' fuel-tank assemblies will be replaced. Damaged control valves could cause engine stalling or fuel leakage, the automaker said. Chrysler said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries linked to this campaign — or complaints.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain Dodge Ram 1500, Chrysler Aspen, Dodge Durango, Dodge Dakota
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 13V038000   @  www.Safercar.Gov

FEBRUARY 2013 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 Ram 1500 trucks manufactured from February 27, 2008, through June 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009, through October 20, 2011; model year 2009-2011 Dodge Dakota trucks manufactured from February 27, 2007, through June 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009, through September 30, 2011; model year 2009 Chrysler Aspen trucks manufactured from January 3, 2008, through December 18, 2008; and model year 2009 Dodge Durango trucks manufactured from January 3, 2008, through December 18, 2008. The rear axle pinion nut may loosen due to an undersized pinion spline that can allow relative motion between the nut and companion flange. If the rear axle pinion nut loosens, the axle can lock up and cause a loss of vehicle control and/or a vehicle crash with little warning. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a pinion nut retainer, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during March 2013. . This campaign is an expansion of a recall campaign 12V-474. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N08. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov 13V038000 

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2003 and 2004 Dodge Viper vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 13V040000   @  www.Safercar.Gov

FEBRUARY 2013 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2003 and 2004 Dodge Viper vehicles manufactured from November 1, 2001, through June 30, 2004. A component in the air bag control module may fail causing the front airbags and/or seatbelt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated. Inadvertent deployment of the airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners could increase the risk of personal injury and the possibility of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. An interim notification is expected to be sent in February 2013. The remedy is expected to be available later in the year. . Chrysler's recall campaign number is N13. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov 13V040000

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Durango vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V560000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

DECEMBER 2012 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Durango vehicles manufactured April 27, 2012, through September 14, 2012. The vehicles may have been built with incorrect seating capacity information labels. The label might overstate the seating capacity. Therefore, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS number 110 "Tire Selection and Rims." The vehicle may be filled over capacity which could increase injury during a vehicle crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and provide replacement labels free of charge. At the owner's option, they may take their vehicle to a Chrysler dealer for installation of the label. The service will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is M36. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.12V560000

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NEWS:  Chrysler recalls over 44,000 trucks in U.S. 
YAHOO NEWS -- October 9, 2012

OCTOBER 2012 --  Chrysler Group LLC is recalling more than 44,000 pickup trucks in the United States because a rear-axle pinion nut could loosen and cause loss of vehicle control.

Chrysler, which is controlled by Fiat SpA, is recalling 44,300 Dodge Dakota and Dodge Ram 1500 pickups from model years 2009 and 2010 as a rear-axle nut may loosen due to lack of adhesive, according to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Should the nut loosen, the axle could lock up and cause loss of control or a crash with little warning, the documents said.

NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation into the issue in July, according to the documents. There have been 17 field reports alleging axle failure due to pinion nut loosening, the documents said.

The recall is expected to begin in November. Chrysler will notify owners and supply a nut retainer at no cost.

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NEWS:  Chrysler solves Dodge Ram 1500 issue, Contol Arm Bushings 
DETROIT NEWS -- August 27, 2012

AUGUST 2012 -- Bad control arm bushings shuttered production in Warren

A batch of bad control arm bushings forced Chrysler Group LLC to suspend production of its Ram 1500 pickup at its Warren Truck Assembly Plant last week, but the company says the problem has been resolved.

"We had an issue with an external supplier," said Chrysler spokeswoman , though she declined to identify the supplier.

Workers said the problem was with the upper control arm bushing used on four-wheel-drive models. They said it was discovered by drivers at the plant.

A faulty control arm can affect the wheel alignment of a vehicle.

One worker told The Detroit News that as many as 3,000 pickups were sitting on company lots and would have to be repaired. That worker said they had been told they might have to work Labor Day weekend.

Chrysler spokeswoman wouldn't say how many trucks need to be repaired and said no decision had yet been made about the holiday.  "We can confirm that we were able to contain all affected vehicles before they left (the) plantand are working to verify the quality of each vehicle beforeit isshipped," Chrysler spokeswoman said.

Work on the 2012 Ram 1500 was supposed to end this month.

Chrysler spokeswoman said she had no reason to believe the problem with the bushings would delay the changeover to the revamped 2013 model.  But workers at the plant say that they are putting in 10-hour shifts to keep up with existing orders.

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NEWS:  Chrysler recalls some 2013 Durango SUV's for air bag problem 
DETROIT  NEWS -- August 16, 2012

AUGUST 2012 -- Chrysler Group said Thursday it is recalling 1,600 new Dodge Durango SUVs because some side air bags may not function properly.

The Auburn Hulls automaker said it will recall 1,661 2013 Dodge Durango SUVs — including 1,449 in the United States — to replace occupant-restraint control modules. The recall includes 131 in Canada and 81 in overseas markets.

The seven-passenger vehicles were assembled with mislabeled modules designed for five-passenger vehicles. An incorrect module could diminish side air bag function in some collisions, the automaker said.

Chrysler said the vehicles were built between April 11 and July 20.

Chrysler said it is unaware of any associated crashes or injuries with the defect. Most of the recalled vehicles are still on dealer lots.

The automaker will notify dealers by the end of September.

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AUGUST 2012 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from April 11, 2012, through July 20, 2012. Some vehicles may have been built with the incorrect airbag occupant restraint control (ORC) module. In the event of a side impact, rearward of the second row seat, the supplemental side air bag inflatable curtain may not deploy as intended, increasing the risk of occupant injury. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ORC module, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during September 2012. This is Chrysler recall number M25. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.   12V-391


NEWS:  NHTSA investigates Jeep Grand Cherokees, Dodge Ram 1500s 
DETROIT  NEWS -- August 2, 2012

AUGUST 2012 -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening investigations into more than 335,000 Chrysler vehicles, including reports of fires in Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.

In documents posted Monday on its website, the agency said it has launched preliminary probes into 106,803 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokees because leaking power steering fluid hoses may have caused fires, and 230,000 2009-10 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups because of a failure in the differential that can cause the rear wheels to lock up.

NHTSA said it has reports of two fires in Jeep Grand Cherokees since May, and a third report of leaking power steering fluid that led to loss of power steering.

A Jeep Grand Cherokee with 35 miles on the odometer was consumed by a blaze June 13.

"While driving approximately 50 mph, the (owner) glanced into the rearview mirror and noticed smoke outside of the vehicle. Immediately the vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road," NHTSA's summary of the incident said. After the driver exited, "massive flames erupted from under the hood."

The fires may be the result of faulty power steering hoses that allow fluid to leak onto hot engine components, NHTSA said. In one fire, an owner said he saw fluid leaking in his driveway before the Jeep caught fire.

The safety agency has made vehicle fires a top priority. Last week, Ford Motor Co. took the unusual step of urging the owners of 4,800 2013 new Escape SUVs to immediately stop driving because of the risk of fires stemming from fuel leaks.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 287,000 vehicle fires annually from 2003-2007. These fires caused about 480 civilian deaths, 1,525 injuries and $1.3 billion in direct property damage annually.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee had its best June sales month in the U.S. last month since 2005. Sales were up 38 percent in the first half of 2012 to 75,117. It's Chrysler's second-best selling vehicle in the U.S., behind the Ram pickup. Ram sales are up 24 percent in the first half of the year to 138,581.

Separately, NHTSA said it is opening a second investigation into the 2009-2010 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup after it received 12 complaints of rear wheels that locked up because of a failure of the differential.

Eight drivers said they were traveling at 35 mph or greater. Four complaints involving higher speed incidents say the failure resulted in a loss of control — spinning or skidding — and one truck hit a concrete barrier.

NHTSA typically takes six months to a year before deciding whether to upgrade a preliminary investigation into an engineering analysis — a necessary step before it can ask an automaker to recall vehicles it deems unsafe. Not all investigations end in recalls; automakers often recall vehicles before an investigation is completed if they discover a problem.

Chrysler spokesman ..said the Auburn Hills automaker is working with the government.

"Chrysler Group takes seriously every customer complaint and is cooperating fully with NHTSA," Chrysler spokesman said.

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NEWS:  Report: The 7 Most Dangerous Cars on American Roads 
Low scores in rollover and rear-impact in crash testing land these vehicles on the list of most treacherous rides
MSN/Autos.com -- July 10, 2012

JULY 2012 -- Two crossovers, two SUVs, two pickups and the Jeep Wrangler are among the vehicles deemed the most dangerous in America by the business blog 24/7 Wall Street. The website analyzed safety data compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Consumer Reports, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and J.D. Power.

"The cars with the worst scores most commonly received poor grades in the rollover and rear-impact tests," writes .. 24/7 Wall Street. Those include the Ram 1500, Mazda CX-7 and CX-9, Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab, Suzuki SX4, Nissan Pathfinder and Jeep Wrangler.

Each of these vehicles received poor or marginal ratings by the IIHS in two of the four categories it uses for crash-test evaluation. The four categories are: a head-on crash traveling at 40 mph; a side-impact crash with a 3,300-pound object hitting the vehicle at 31 mph; a rollover test in which a metal plate strikes the corner of the vehicle until it rolls over; and a rear-impact test, which gauges seat and seat belt protection against whiplash. Additionally, five of the seven most dangerous vehicles were low scorers in the J.D. Power overall Initial Quality Study, scoring three or fewer points out of five.

The IIHS's side-impact test results for the Colorado Crew Cab were particularly grim; the vehicle has received a poor rating in this category each year since 2004. The Jeep Wrangler, too, ranked poor for side impact from 2007 to 2012 and ranked marginal, the second-lowest rating, from 1997 to 2006.

As 24/7 Wall Street notes, poor safety ratings don't necessarily translate to poor sales. All seven of the most treacherous models experienced increased sales in the past year. Writes Wall Street Journal, "In all but one case ... sales grew at least 19% last year."

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NEWS:  Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks

MAY 2012 --   Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2012 Ram 1500 trucks, manufactured from January 5, 2012 through January 6, 2012. The affected vehicles have a spare tire that does not match the specifications listed on the tire placard. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 110, “tire selection and rims.” If installed, the incorrectly sized spare tire may unexpectedly activate the electronic stability control (esc) system, altering the effectiveness of the esc system, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair vehicles as neccessary free of charge. The recall will begin in May 2012. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is m14. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov 12V-192

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NEWS:  Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2012 Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles

MAY 2012 --  Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2012 Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles, manufactured from March 9, 2012 through March 12, 2012. Some vehicles may be equipped with a right side liftgate pinch sensor that does not function properly. As a result, increased force may be required in order to stop the power liftgate during final closing stages. The power liftgate door may close on an appendage, increasing the risk of injury. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the right side liftgate pinch sensors, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in may 2012. Chryslers recall number is m17. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov.  12V-191

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NEWS:   Chrysler recalls Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger; Electrical system: fuses and circuit breakers 
DETROIT NEWS -- May 5,  2012

MAY 2012 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2011 and 2012 300 and Dodge Charger vehicles. These vehicles may lose abs/esc system function due to an overheated power distribution center. This could lead to loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will relocate the abs/esc system fuse, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during may 2012. Chrysler’s recall number is m10. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov.  12V-197

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NEWS:   Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2012 Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles

APRIL 2012 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2012 Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured from November 15, 2011, through November 21, 2011. Some vehicles may be equipped with right rear hub and bearing assemblies that were not fully machined. This could result in a decrease in durability, which may lead to wheel separation, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the right rear hub and bearing assembly, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during April 2012.   Chrysler recall number is m13. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov

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NEWS:   The NHTSA opening investigations into engine fires in 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2010 Jeep Wrangler vehicles
DETROIT NEWS -- April 1, 2012

APRIL 2012 -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Sunday it is opening investigations into engine fires in 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2010 Jeep Wrangler vehicles.

NHTSA said it has received two complaints of engine compartment fire in 2011 Cruze cars. Both complaints were received within the last month and said engulfing fires resulted in total vehicle loss.

The investigation into the Cruze covers 177,000 vehicles, while the Jeep Wrangler investigation covers 100,000 vehicles.

NHTSA also is also reviewing field reports submitted as part of Early Warning Reporting data that relate to the alleged defect.   READ MORE.....

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NEWS:  Chrysler is recalling certain 2011 and 2012 Dodge Charger police vehicles

FEBRUARY  2012 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2011 and 2012 Dodge Charger police vehicles. The low beam headlamps of some vehicles could fail due to an overheated bulb harness connector. Other vehicles may lose abs/esc system function due to an overheated power distribution center. This could lead to loss of visibility and/or braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will replace the headlamp jumper harnesses and relocate the abs/esc system fuse within the power distribution center, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during march 2012.  Chrysler's recall number is M01.  12V-042

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NEWS:   Chrysler recalls Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger; Tires:pressure monitoring and regulating systems 
DETROIT NEWS -- January 14,  2012

JANUARY  2012 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 and the Chrysler 300 SRT8 vehicles manufactured from May 2, 2011, through November 17, 2011, for failing to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard number 138, "tire pressure monitoring system" (tpms). As built, the tpms does not warn the driver when a tire is 25 percent below the recommended pressure. The recalled vehicles notify the customers when the tire pressure reaches 22 psi rather than the required 24 psi. Underinflated tires can result in tire overloading and overheating, which could lead to a blowout and possible crash. Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will reprogram the vehicle’s tpms. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during february 2012. Chrysler's safety recall number is l43. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov . 12V-004

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