630,000 SUVs to be recalled by Chrysler

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Jun 07, 2013 in Car Accidents

Chrysler has announced two Jeep recalls totaling 630,000 vehicles worldwide.

The recall will include 409,000 Jeep Patriot and Compass models from 2010 and 2012 to fix seat-belt and air bag problems. The recall centers around a software error which could cause late deployment of the air bags and seat-belt tightening mechanisms. Dealers will repair the software for free beginning in July.

The other recall is for Jeep Wrangler models, totaling 221,000 vehicles, from 2012 and 2013 to fix transmission fluid leaks. A power steering fluid line can wear a hole in the transmission oil cooler line, damaging automatic transmissions. Dealers will inspect the lines for free and replace them or install a protective sleeve. This recall also begins in July.

These recalls come two days after Chrysler refused the governments request to recall 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees (1993-2004 model years) and Liberty SUVs (2002-2007 model years) due to defective fuel tanks. The government says these vehicles have a higher rate of fires in rear end crashes and that the position of the gas tank is a safety defect.

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