Jeep Recall Information
NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2012 Jeep Patriot and Compass vehicles
APRIL 2013 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2012 Jeep Patriot and Compass vehicles manufactured October 18, 2011, through May 7, 2012. Due to an incorrectly manufactured transfer tube, the transfer of fuel from the secondary side to the primary side of the fuel tank may be interrupted, causing the engine to stall. If the engine stalls while driving it may increase the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank transfer tube free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during May 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N17. 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
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
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.
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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2002 and 2003 Jeep Liberty vehicles
NOVEMBER 2012 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2002 and 2003 Jeep Liberty vehicles manufactured January 9, 2001, through March 28, 2003, and 2002 through 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured February 13, 2001, through May 23, 2003. A component in the air bag control module may fail causing the front airbags, side curtain airbags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated. Inadvertent deployment of the airbags may increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a vehicle crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a supplemental jumper harness to the airbag control module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during January 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is M35. 12V-527
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NEWS: NHTSA investigates Jeep Grand Cherokees, Dodge Ram 1500s
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: Lawmakers ask Chrysler to assist owners on 'Jeep Death Wobble'
JULY 2012 -- Two California Lawmakers on Thursday urged Chrysler Group LLC to warn Jeep Wrangler owners about a front suspension vibration they dubbed the "Jeep Death Wobble."
U.S. Reps...ranking member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and ... ranking member of the Energy and Commerce committee, asked Chrysler "to undertake an outreach campaign to alert both Jeep owners and employees of the 'Jeep Death Wobble' and suggest methods to repair and prevent the problem."
Chrysler spokesman ..said there is one report of a fatality related to the suspected condition, but he had no details.
In April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rejected the lawmakers' request for a formal investigation of 2005-10 Jeep Wranglers.
Chrysler spokesman said the vehicles have excellent safety records.
"All manufacturer vehicles equipped with a solid axle can be susceptible to this condition and, if experienced, it is routinely corrected with a change of tires or installation of a simple steering dampener," he said.
"In fact, most reported incidents — in all manufacturer vehicles equipped with or without a solid axle — are often linked to poorly installed or maintained after-market equipment, such as lifters, oversized tires, etc. The name you've given to this condition has no basis in fact."
In a letter to Chrysler CEO.. that was dated Tuesday and made public Thursday, the two members of Congress urged the automaker to make technical service bulletins public.
"We believe Chrysler should undertake an outreach campaign to its customers, such as a Customer Satisfaction Campaign, to notify Jeep owners of the risk of the 'wobble' condition … and the possible methods for repairing and preventing the problem," they wrote.
The pair had previously written NHTSA in March, seeking more information about the issue. NHTSA said it has identified 402 complaints out of 542,134 Wranglers built for model years 2005-10. The road safety agency said it found "two possible relevant crashes, one of which alleged nonfatal injuries."
According to NHTSA, complaints typically said drivers experienced "shimmy symptoms at speeds above 45 mph, frequently after traveling over a bump such as a pothole or an expansion joint in the roadway." Eshoo and Waxman wrote, "The anecdotal evidence from our constituents indicates that many Jeep owners have not received consistent guidance from Chrysler representatives about how to approach this problem, even when owners report a relatively consistent set of symptoms."
The complaints said the condition gets worse over time "and that multiple and expensive repair attempts are frequently needed to resolve the shimmy." But NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said the issue "does not result in loss of control."
NHTSA said it will continue to monitor Jeep Wrangler complaints and would take additional action if warranted
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NEWS: Report: The 7 Most Dangerous Cars on American Roads
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: Feds widen fire probe of Chrysler SUVs to 5.1 million
JUNE 2012 -- Federal safety investigators are expanding a government probe into whether fuel tanks in 5 million Chrysler SUVs pose a serious fire risk.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation, opened in August 2010 to look at 3 million 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees, has been expanded to cover 5.1 million vehicles, including the 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty. In its notice, NHTSA said it was upgrading its preliminary investigation to an engineering analysis. At the conclusion of its analysis, the agency can demand a recall, if it determines vehicles are unsafe READ MORE....
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NEWS: Chrysler expands Jeep Liberty recall to include model year 2006 and 2007 vehicles
JUNE 2012 -- In June 2012, Chrysler expanded this recall to include model year 2006 and 2007 jeep liberty vehicles, representing an additional 137,176 vehicles. This recall now concerns certain my 2004-2007 jeep liberty vehicles. The total number vehicles being recalled is now 346,900. These vehicles were manufactured from july 3, 2003 through june 29, 2007. The recall addresses those vehicles originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Some vehicles may be equipped with rear lower control arms that can experience a rear suspension lower control arm fracture due to excessive corrosion due to application of road salts during winter weather conditions. A fracture of the rear lower control arm may result in a loss of vehicle control and may lead to a vehicle crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear lower control arms on all affected vehicles originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, west Virginia, Wisconsin, and the district of Columbia, free of charge. The safety recall began on march 26, 2012. This recall was expanded in june 2012 to include additional model years. Chrysler's safety recall number is l27. 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-085
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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2010 Jeep Wrangler vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission.
MAY 2012 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2010 Jeep Wrangler vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. The transmission skid plate, which is close to the catalytic converter, can collect debris. If this occurs, the debris can ignite without warning, resulting in a vehicle fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the skid plate with a skid bar, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during may 2012. Chrysler’s recall number is m22. 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-216
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NEWS: Jeep Wrangler fire probe expands
APRIL 2012 -- U.S. safety regulators have expanded an investigation into 23 complaints of fires in Jeep Wrangler SUVs.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn't figured out what caused the fires, but it's asking carmaker Chrysler for information on Wranglers from the 2007-12 model years. When it began March 28, the probe centered on vehicles from the 2010 model year.
The classic Wrangler is among Chrysler's more popular models, appealing to people who like its rugged looks and want to go off-road. Chrysler sold more than 532,000 Wranglers from 2007 through March. It's unknown how many are affected by the investigation.
The probe comes at a critical time for Chrysler, which has had quality problems in the past but showed improvement in an annual study by Consumer Reports magazine. The company, which is majority owned by Italian automaker Fiat, is making a remarkable comeback from its 2009 bankruptcy and restructuring. It posted a net profit last year for the first time since 1997.
NHTSA said on its website Wednesday that it has received 23 complaints about fires in Wranglers from the six model years. Four people were hurt, including three who received minor burns and one whose injuries were not explained in the complaints. Two houses were damaged.
The safety agency is focusing on overheated transmission fluid and electrical wiring as possible causes. It has asked Chrysler for information about allegations of smoke or fire in Wrangler engine compartments. The company has until May 22 to respond. It's common for the agency to expand investigations to include similar vehicles. The investigation could lead to a recall, but there isn't one yet.
Chrysler spokesman ..said in an e-mail that the company was aware of a small number of fires in Wranglers and is cooperating with the investigation. Vehicle fires, he said, are complex and can occur for many reasons unrelated to the vehicle's design and manufacture.
"Poor maintenance, improper vehicle use or installation of aftermarket equipment often are causes of vehicle fires," Chrysler spokesman said.
In one of the complaints NHTSA received, the owner of a 2007 Wrangler said it caught fire in a driveway on Feb. 15 and exploded, setting the nearby house on fire. Another owner said a 2009 Wrangler was sitting in a garage on March 10, 2010, when its engine compartment caught fire, destroying the Jeep and damaging the home to which the garage was attached.. READ MORE.....
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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2012 Jeep Patriot and Compass vehicles
APRIL 2012 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2012 Jeep Patriot and Compass vehicles manufactured from December 17, 2011, through January 2, 2012. Some vehicles may have been built with a fuel tank assembly containing a damaged roll-over valve. In the event of an impact or roll-over, fuel leakage could occur, increasing the risk of a fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during June 2012. Chrysler’s recall number is m11. 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-142
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NEWS: The NHTSA opening investigations into engine fires in 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2010 Jeep Wrangler vehicles
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 model year 2004 and 2005 Jeep Liberty vehicles
MARCH 2012 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2004 and 2005 Jeep Liberty vehicles manufactured from July 3, 2003, through July 14, 2005, originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, new jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Some vehicles may be equipped with rear lower control arms that can experience a rear suspension lower control arm fracture due to excessive corrosion. A fracture of the rear lower control arm may result in a loss of vehicle control and may lead to a vehicle crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear lower control arms on all affected vehicles originally sold in, or currently registered in the NHTSA defined salt belt states, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin by the end of april 2012. Chrysler's safety recall number is l27. 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-085
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NEWS: U.S. regulators upgrade Jeep Liberty airbag probe
JANUARY 2012 -- U.S. safety regulators have upgraded an investigation into almost 387,000 Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles for potential inadvertent airbag deployment, increasing the possibility of a recall.
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SEPTEMBER 2011 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2012 Chrysler vehicles, including 200 and Town and Country models, Dodge vehicles, including Charger, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey models and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured from August 31, 2011, through September 13, 2011, that are equipped with 3.6L engines. These engines may experience connecting rod bearing failure due to debris inside the engine block. Connecting rod failure may lead to engine seizure which may increase the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners and replace the engine free of charge. This is Chrysler safety recall L33. The safety recall is expected to begin during October 2011. 11V-487
JUNE 2011 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2011 Dodge Journey, Jeep Wrangler, Chrysler 200, Chrysler 200 Convertible, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Nitro, Jeep Liberty, Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot, Dodge Grand Caravan And Chrysler Town & Country Vehicles. Some of these vehicles may have been built with a missing or incorrectly installed steering column pivot rivet. A missing or incorrectly installed rivet could compromise the ability of the steering column to support the occupant loads in the event of a frontal crash, decreasing the effectiveness of the frontal impact safety system. As a result, the condition may increase the potential for injury in a frontal crash. Dealers will inspect for rivet presence and alignment and repair the steering column pivot as required, free of charge. The safety recall began on July 4, 2011. 11V-315
YAHOO NEWS -- June 17, 2011 – Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 11,351 cars, minivans and other models because a manufacturing problem can cause the steering to fail.
Chrysler told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it doesn't know of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem. The recall affects 11 of the 20 models Chrysler has on sale for the 2011 model year.
NHTSA said on its website Thursday that a missing or incorrectly installed rivet could cause a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
Recalled vehicles include the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan and convertible and Town and Country minivan; the Dodge Avenger midsize sedan, Caliber compact car, Caravan minivan, Journey crossover vehicle and Nitro SUV; and the Jeep Compass wagon and Patriot, Liberty and Wrangler SUVs.
The vehicles were built from mid-April to the middle of May.
Dealers will check to make sure the rivet was installed correctly and make repairs free of charge. The company plans to begin notifying dealers and owners in July, according to the documents.
Chrysler began investigating after it discovered that a steering column rivet was missing in some of the vehicles. The company inspected 14,000 steering columns and found seven with missing or misaligned rivets.
The problem was traced to the improper identification of rejected components by new employees on one shift at a factory near Toledo, Ohio, according to documents filed with NHTSA.
There are no known customer complaints about the problem, the documents said.
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YAHOO NEWS -- May 4, 2011 – U.S. safety regulators have opened preliminary investigations into consumer complaints about vehicles made by Nissan Motor Co Ltd, Chrysler LLC and General Motors Co that could affect more than 700,000 cars.
A preliminary investigation is the first step in a process that could lead to a recall if regulators determine that a safety issue needs to be addressed by a manufacturer.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said its probe into an estimated 440,000 Nissan Altima cars from the 2007 and 2008 model years concerned a possible leak in the brake master cylinder that could reduce the effectiveness of the brakes.
NHTSA said it had received 20 complaints from Altima drivers. Of these, two alleged a reduction in brake effectiveness while 18 reported only illumination of the brake warning light.
The agency said it was also investigating Chrysler's Jeep Wrangler from the 2007 and 2008 model years, potentially affecting 222,500 vehicles, over airbag light illumination indicating an airbag clockspring failure.
A clockspring is a coil under the steering wheel that maintains an electrical connection to the airbag on the driver's side. A broken circuit can mean the airbag will not inflate.
NHTSA said it had received 29 consumer complaints from Jeep drivers. Of these, 23 identified the clockspring wiring assembly as the source of the issue, while the other six only said the airbag light had been illuminated.
Of 14 owners contacted, six said they owned right-hand-drive versions typically used by postal carriers.
A third probe involves GM's 2007 Saturn Aura, potentially affecting 65,105 cars, over a transmission shift cable that could fail, causing the park gear not to fully engage.
The agency said it had received eight complaints alleging that the transmission shift cable had failed, causing the vehicle to roll away, move or accelerate with the shifter in park, or to accelerate in the opposite direction than the driver intended.
NHTSA did not disclose any crashes or injuries in connection with any of the reported problems.
Spokesmen for the three companies said the carmakers were cooperating fully with the investigations
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MARCH 2011 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufacturer from July 12, 2010, through September 10, 2010. Some vehicles may experience a degradation of fastener torque for various front and rear axle attachments to the chassis module. This could result in noise, or ultimately, degradation in steering and handling characteristics which could lead to loss of directional control of the vehicle increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will re-torque all nineteen fasteners to the maximum residual torque values. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall began on March 24, 2011. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. 11V-145
DETROIT NEWS -- March 5, 2011 – Chrysler Group LLC said Saturday it is recalling more than 20,000 2010-2011 Jeep Wranglers over potential steering problems.
The recall covers 20,459 vehicles built from July 2010 to September 2010 because fasteners for the front and rear axle attachments may not attach properly.
That can lead to increased noise or a reduction in steering and handling, which in a worst case scenario could lead to loss of control and a crash.
Chrysler dealers will inspect and ensure all 19 fasteners are properly attached.
Chrysler said the cause of the defect was a change by its axle supplier Dana Corp. from an automated water-based paint to a manually applied solvent paint at its Toledo plant last summer.
The issue was attributed to variations in paint thickness, which was made worse by drips and runs, Chrysler told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Chrysler said it has received 65 warranty claims for a clunk or rattle in the front or rear suspension, but no reports of crashes or injuries.
Chrysler plans to notify owners later this month.
Last month, Chrysler addressed a separate issue with other Jeep Wranglers.
Chrysler agreed to a lifetime warranty program to address the accidental fuel spillage issue in 135,000 2007-08 Jeep Wrangler vehicles built from March 2007 to March 2008. Dealers will inspect and repair the inlet check valve, if necessary.
NHTSA ended an investigation into 220,000 Wranglers, saying a recall was not warranted over the fuel spill issue.
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YAHOO NEWS -- November 11, 2010 – Chrysler said Thursday it is recalling about 16,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs to fix faulty windshield wiper systems.
Chrysler's recall involves certain 2008 model year Jeep Liberty SUVs. Water could get into the windshield wiper motor and stop the wipers, which could reduce a driver's visibility and lead to a crash.
Chrysler said no crashes or injuries have been reported in connection to the recalls.
Jeep dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor free of charge. The recall is expected to begin this month.
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NOVEMBER 2010 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2008 Jeep Liberty vehicles. The vehicles are equipped with windshield wiper motors that contain excess adhesive that may allow for water intrusion, which could result in intermittent and eventually inoperative windshield wiper operation. A failing or inoperative windshield wiper system will reduce a driver's visibility which could result in a crash. Dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor free of charge. The safety recall began on December 1, 2010. 10V-550
YAHOO NEWS -- October 20, 2010 – Chrysler is recalling about 26,000 cars and pickup trucks because power steering fluid can leak onto a hot engine and cause a fire.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that the recall includes some 2010 models of the Chrysler 300 and Sebring, the Dodge Avenger, Challenger and Journey, and some 2011 Dodge Ram pickups.
NHTSA said Wednesday that a power steering hose assembly can separate at the crimped end and leak fluid onto the engine. Dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the hoses for free.
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YAHOO NEWS -- August 24, 2010 – U.S. safety regulators have opened a preliminary investigation of about 3 million older Jeep Grand Cherokees with fuel tanks that may present a fire risk in a crash, the regulators' website showed on Tuesday.
The investigation was opened on Monday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The action is short of a recall, and a Chrysler spokesman said owners of the 1993-2004 model year vehicles should take no action at this time.
Chrysler said it was cooperating fully with NHTSA on the investigation. It said the Jeep Grand Cherokees from those model years "meet or exceed" federal safety standards.
The Center for Auto Safety last October petitioned NHTSA to open an investigation into the vehicles, saying NHTSA records show that from 1992 to 2008 the SUVs were involved in 172 fatal fire crashes with 254 deaths.
The petition did not say how many, if any, of the deaths were related to the fuel tanks.
The preliminary investigation comes as automakers face tougher scrutiny by safety regulators following Toyota Motor Corp's massive recalls starting in fall 2009.
The Center for Auto Safety, founded by Consumers Union and Ralph Nader in 1970, asked regulators to open an investigation in October 2009, contending that the Grand Cherokee fuel tank storage system was defective and posed a hazard in a crash.
The Grand Cherokee's plastic fuel tank from those model years was behind the rear axle, extended below the rear bumper and had inadequate shielding, leaving it vulnerable to rupturing or leaking in a crash, the center said.
Chrysler put the fuel tank in front of the rear axle and shielded it in the 2005 model year, the center said.
In response to the center's petition, federal safety investigators performed a preliminary examination of data that isolated 10 crashes with 13 fatalities most likely associated with the defect the center described, NHTSA said.
A preliminary review of data supplied to federal regulators did not find the Grand Cherokee "over-represented for post-crash fires," NHTSA said.
"Further review and investigation into these incidents is needed to determine the existence of any relationship between the alleged defect and each fire or leak," NHTSA said.
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JULY 2010 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2010 left hand drive Jeep Liberty, Dodge Nitro and Ram 1500 truck; right and left hand drive Jeep Wrangler vehicles. These vehicles may have been built with an improperly formed master cylinder to hydraulic control unit (HCU) brake tube assembly end flare. This could lead to loss of brake fluid and reduced braking performance increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the brake tubes free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during August 2010. 10V-315
JUNE 2010 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2007 Dodge Caliber and Jeep Compass passenger vehicles manufactured from March 7 through May 19, 2006. The pivot bushings in vehicles with oversizedaccelerator pedal bearing pockets may become dislodged and potentially cause the accelerator pedal tobind or stick. Should the pedal bind or become stuck, it can be overcome by smart brakes which override the accelerator pedal in certain conditions. Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will inspect andreplace all affected accelerator pedal assemblies free of charge. The safety recall began on June 29, 2010. Chrysler's recall campaign number is K11. 10V-234
JUNE 2010 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2010 Jeep Wrangler left and right hand drive passenger vehicles manufactured from May 15, 2006 through April 22, 2010. There may be contact between the right and left front inner fender liners and the right front and left rear brake tubes which could cause wear of the tubes causing a brake fluid leak. A brake fluid leak can cause partial loss of service brakes at the affected wheel increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during July 2010. Chrysler's recall campaign number is K13. 10V-236
YAHOO NEWS -- July 9, 2010 – The government says Chrysler is recalling about 22,000 sport utility vehicles and trucks to fix brake tubes that could lead to the loss of brake fluid.
Chrysler says its recall affects certain 2010 Dodge Nitro, Dodge Ram, Jeep Liberty and Jeep Wranglers that could have defective brake tubes. The problem could lead to the loss of brake fluid, making it difficult to brake and posing the threat of a crash.
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MAY 2010 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2010 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Charger, Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee and Dodge Ram vehicles. These vehicles may have been built with a wireless ignition node (WIN) module exhibiting a binding condition of the solenoid latch. The result of the defect could lead to a condition where the key may be removed from the ignition switch (WIN module) prior to placing the shifter in park. This could result in the potential for unintended vehicle movement and could increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the WIN module free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during July 2010. Chrysler's recall campaign number is K08. 10V-200
NEWS: Chrysler to recall about 600,000 Jeeps, minivans
YAHOO NEWS – June 7, 2010 – Chrysler Group LLC is recalling nearly 600,000 minivans and Jeep Wranglers because of brake or wiring problems that could become safety issues, the company and federal regulators said Monday.
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YAHOO NEWS -- June 5, 2010 – Chrysler is recalling nearly 35,000 Dodge Calibers in the United States and around the world to fix a potential problem with sticky gas pedals, the same issue that has affected millions of Toyotas.
Chrysler Group LLC said it will recall about 25,000 Calibers in the U.S. from the 2007 model year and a limited number of 2007 Jeep Compass SUVs to inspect vehicles built between March and May of 2006. The remaining vehicles are in Mexico, Canada and elsewhere.
The pedals were made by CTS Corp., the Elkhart, Ind., company that manufactured pedals involved in the recall of more than 2 million Toyotas earlier this year. Chrysler told NHTSA the pedals were "a completely different design" and made "with different tooling" than the pedals involved in Toyota's recall.
NHTSA opened an investigation into the Chrysler pedals in April. The auto company noted that the small SUVs have "smart brake" technology allowing the brake to override the gas pedal and safely bring the vehicle to a stop. Chrysler said it did not consider the problem a safety defect but decided to conduct a safety recall anyway.
The automaker said it was unaware of any reports of accidents, injuries or property damage related to the pedals. In documents filed with NHTSA, Chrysler estimated that 30 percent of the vehicles covered by the recall may need to have the pedal assembly replaced.
Chrysler dealers will inspect the recalled vehicles and replace affected pedals with a new pedal unit at no charge to customers.
ConsumerAffairs.com -- May 17, 2010 -- Chrysler Group LLC is recalling about 40,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models from the 2010 year. The vehicles may have a defective ignition switch that would allow the key to be removed prior to placing the shifter in the "park" position. This could lead to unintended vehicle movement.
The affected models are:
Dealers will inspect the ignition module and replace defective units free of charge when the recall begins in July 2010.
MARCH 2010 - Chrysler is recalling model year 2010 Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee vehicles. They may have been built with an improperly manufactured rear track bar. Reduced vehicle stability could occur increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the rear track bar bushing retaining hoop and replace the rear track bar if any are found to be mis-positioned. The safety recall is expected to begin during April 2010. 10V-085
JANUARY 2010 - Chrysler is recalling model year 2010 Chrysler Sebring; Dodge Avenger and Nitro; Jeep Liberty, Commander and Grand Cherokee; and model year 2009-2010 Dodge Ram truck. These vehicles may have been built with an improperly formed or missing brake booster input rod retaining clip. This could result in brake failure without warning which could cause a crash. Chrysler will replace the brake booster input rod retaining clip free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during February 2010. Chrysler's safety campaign number is J37. 10V-009
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NEWS: Chrysler to recall 24,177 vehicles on brake issue
(Yahoo News) –-Jan 19, 2010 -- Chrysler Group LLC will recall 24,177 vehicles due to a potential defect in a brake system that could result in sudden brake failure, the automaker said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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NOVEMBER 2009 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2007 through 2008 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufacture from June 2006 through July 2008, equipped with automatic transmissions. These vehicles were not equipped with a transmission fluid temperature warning system. Fluid could boil over and may come into contact with a hot engine or exhaust component and cause a fire. Dealers will inspect and install a "HOTOIL" message in the instrument cluster and a chime indicating an elevated transmission fluid condition. The recall is expected to begin during December 2009. 09V-436
NOVEMBER 2009 -- Chrysler is recalling certain Model Year 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee passenger vehicles manufactured from October 22 through November 12, 2009. The passenger side airbag may not properly deploy through the instrument panel tear seam. The airbag may not properly protect the passenger in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will replace the top cover of the instrument panel free of charge. The campaign is expected to begin in December 2009. Chrysler's campaign number is J33. 09V-454
APRIL 2009 -- Chrysler is recalling 102,354 MY 2001-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles with heated seats and with Chrysler recall No. 06V-197 completed (03-04 MY) or seat heater elements service replacement (01-02 MY). The front seat electric heater elements could overheat. Overheating could potentially cause a fire or injury. Dealers will replace the front seat heater elements free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. 09V-117
APRIL 2009 -- Chrysler is recalling 4,336 MY 2009 Dodge Journey, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Commander and Wrangler vehicles. Wiring may be reversed on the steering column control module driver airbag squib connector. The driver's airbag may not deploy as intended. In the event of a crash, the driver's airbag may not properly inflate and may not be able to properly protect an occupant, increasing the risk of injuries. Dealers will inspect the driver's airbag squib wires and replace the steering column control module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during May 2009. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. 09V-118
APRIL 2009 -- Chrysler is recalling 42,469 MY 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in salt belt States of Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia , Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. The front suspension upper control arm ball joint may experience a loss of lubrication which could lead to corrosion, accelerated wear, and possible separation while driving. Failure of the ball joint could result in a loss of steering capability, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the front upper control arm assemblies free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. 09V-119
SEPTEMBER 2008 -- Chrysler is recalling 712 MY 2009 Sebring, Dodge Caliber, Avenger, Journey, Jeep Patriot, and Compass vehicles. A new adhesive used in the power train control module (PCM) manufacturing process can cause the printed circuit board to break. This can cause the engine to stall and cause a crash without warning. Dealers will replace the PCM free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during November 2008.
SEPTEMBER 2008 -- Chrysler is recalling 3,663 MY 2007-2008 Dodge Nitro and MY 2008 Jeep Liberty vehicles equipped with manual transmissions. The park brake lever clutch drum may distort and reduce the effectiveness of the park brake system. This could allow the vehicle to move inadvertently and cause a crash without warning. Dealers will replace the park brake lever assembly free of charge. The parking brakes were manufactured in Canada. The recall began on October 27, 2008. 08V525
SEPTEMBER 2008 -- Chrysler is recalling 494 MY 2008 Jeep Liberty vehicles. The windshield and/or fixed rear quarter glass may have been assembled using incorrect urethane adhesive. This could affect glass retention. If the glass separates while driving, it could strike another vehicle or injure a pedestrian. Dealers will replace the windshield and/or fixed rear quarter glass free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during October 2008. 08V455
MAY 2008 - Chrysler is recalling 24,461 MY 2006 Jeep Commander vehicles equipped with 4.7L V8 engines. The powertrain control module (PCM) was programmed with software that may allow the engine to stall under certain operating conditions. This could cause a crash without warning. Dealers will reprogram the PCM software in all 4.7L engine-equipped MY 2006 Jeep Commanders built prior to January 11, 2006. The recall began on May 19, 2008. This recall was the subject of an Engineering Analysis, EA07-007, conducted by the Office of Defects Investigation. 08V203
MAY 2008 - Chrysler is recalling 1,585 MY 2007-2008 Jeep Wrangler vehicles, right hand drive only. Some vehicles may have insufficient clearance between the steering intermediate shaft and rear brake tubes. Prolonged brake tube contact could wear a hole in the tube and cause a partial brake system loss. This could cause a crash without warning. Dealers will install a revised brake tube clip to retain the tubes, inspect the brake tubes for damage due to potential contact with the steering intermediate shaft, and replace the brake tubes if necessary. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. 08V-202
FEBRUARY 2008 - Chrysler is recalling 1,338 MY 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander vehicles. The front control module may have been incorrectly manufactured. This could cause the engine to stall while driving or not to start and/or cause the windshield wipers to become inoperative. Engine stalling or inoperative wipers could cause a crash without warning. Dealers will inspect the module and replace it if necessary. The recall began on February 18, 2008. 08V059
NOVEMBER 2007 -- DaimlerChrysler is recalling 28,755 MY 2007-2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander sport utility vehicles. Front brake calipers in a certain lot may have been manufactured from gray iron instead of ductile iron as designed and could fracture without warning. This would increase the vehicle's stopping distance and could cause a crash. Dealers will inspect the front brake calipers to see if they fall into this lot and, if so, will replace them. The recall is expected to begin during October 2007. 07V-415
SEPTEMBER 2007 -- DaimlerChrysler is recalling 296,550 MY 2007 Dodge Nitro, Jeep Wrangler, and MY 2006-2007 Grand Cherokee and Commander sport utility vehicles. The software programmed into the ABS electronic control module may allow a momentary delay in braking when coasting up a hill during certain conditions. This could cause a crash without warning. Dealers will reprogram the ABS electronic control module with new software that prevents this condition. The recall is expected to begin during October 2007. 07V-434
Transmission software will be reprogrammed
ConsumerAffairs.com -- May 7, 2008 -- Chrysler is expanding the recall of Jeep Commander SUVs to repair engine stalling that has endangered scores of Jeep owners. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that the automaker has now recalled 24,461 2006 Jeep Commanders to reprogram automatic transmission software in Jeeps equipped with the 4.7 liter engine.
NHTSA warned Commander owners that the software glitch “could cause a crash without warning.” NHTSA opened an investigation of the 2007 Jeep Wrangler SUV last year following at least 53 reports of the engine stalling at highway speeds. That investigation involved 35,000 vehicles, according to NHTSA.
At the time, NHTSA reported that the agency had received complaints of engine stalls at highway speeds that included 12 cases with a loss of electrical power and lighting. The latest Jeep Commander recall involves computer software in the automatic transmission control module of the 2006 Commander. Jeep dealers will reprogram the software in 2006 Jeep Commanders built before January 11, 2006.
In a limited action, Chrysler recalled 1,338 of the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander earlier this year to repair a stalling problem in the vehicles. In that recall, NHTSA reported that the “the front control module may have been incorrectly manufactured," and could cause the engine to stall while driving or not start. Jeep owners describe the stalling condition as frightening. On May 6, a Galveston, Indiana woman struggled with a stalled Jeep.
“Everything just completely shuts down and I am unable to steer and have to restart the engine,” Cathleen wrote ConsumersAffairs.Com. “This has happened 3 to 4 times now and the dealer says there is nothing they can find wrong with my vehicle. It happened again today while in a parking lot.”
Consumers reported that in many cases Jeep dealers are unable to fix the stalling. “I have had my Jeep in and out of the shop in regards to it stalling all of a sudden, a Wisconsin woman reported to ConsumerAffairs.Com. “Each possibility proposed to me is not a sure fix and is very expensive,” she said.
In San Francisco, a ConsumersAffairs.Com reader said the stalling problem behind two Chrysler recalls is not limited to the new Commander. “I have a 1997 Jeep Laredo that I purchased over 2 years ago from a used car dealer. The stalling problem started around January 2008,” she said. “I was going 60 mph on the highway and it just died.”
Jeep owners can contact Chrysler about the stalling problems at 1-800-853-1403 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).
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DETROIT (Yahoo-Reuters) - Automaker Chrysler LLC said on Friday it is recalling almost 369,000 vehicles for problems with brake systems and door latches and locks. Chrysler, ... said it is recalling 296,550 sport utility vehicles for the brake-related problem.
The vehicles affected include Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Commander SUVs for the 2006 and 2007 model years and the 2007 Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Nitro. Chrysler said a glitch in an electronic control unit could cause a delay in braking when the vehicles are driving uphill. The automaker has had about 20 reports of such problems, ......
It's a very rare occurrence," ......."But we have had reports of drivers experiencing problems when they take their foot off the accelerator." When drivers in one of the affected vehicles stop accelerating up a hill, that can trigger a momentary loss of braking power for a second or two,....
The automaker said it was aware of one accident that could have been caused by the problem. Owners of the SUVs affected by the recall will be notified this month and repair work will be done at no charge, Chrysler said. The automaker,..... also said it is recalling about 72,333 2008 Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger sedans because of a potential problem with a cable connected to the front door latches in the vehicles.