Chrysler Recalls 620,000 Jeeps

Chrysler Recalls 620,000 Jeeps

Airbags and power steering problems are at the center of a recall involving more than 620,000 recent Jeep models.

Chrysler said today that it will recall more than 400,000 2010-12 Jeep Patriot and Compass SUVs because of a software error that can delay or prevent seat belt pre-tensioners in the cars from deploying in certain rollover accidents. Roughly 254,000 of those are in the U.S. while 45,400 are in Canada and 109,400 around the rest of the world.

In a separate recall, the company is also addressing an issue in roughly 220,000 Jeep SUVs that may cause premature wear to a transmission oil cooler line including just over 180,000 in  the U.S.

A power-steering component can rub against the line, causing a hole and subsequent damage to the transmission.  The company said it is aware of 81 reports of the problem.

Dealers will install a redesigned power-steering component to prevent the problem. Vehicles with lines that don’t show signs of damage will be fitted with a protective sleeve as an extra precaution and Chrysler will begin notifying owners on July 1.

On Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked Chrysler to recall 2.7 million Jeep SUVs and the automaker declined. Neither of these issues are are connected to that problem, which involves fires resulting from rear-end crashes in the 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002,07 Liberty.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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