Another Chrysler Recall: Jeeps and Minivans

Just one day after we wrote about Chrysler Group LLC’s recall of 35,000 Dodge and Jeep vehicles for potential accelerator pedal problems, the auto giant is recalling nearly 575,000 <"">Jeep sport utility vehicles and Dodge and Chrysler minivans, said Business Week. This most recent recall concerns brake line and wiring defects, wrote Business Week, citing safety regulators.

The automaker recalled 288,968 model year 2001 – 2010 Jeep Wranglers to repair a defect when liners inside the fenders touch the right front and left-rear brake lines, said Business Week. This can lead to wear that can lead to fluid leakage, which ultimately raises crash risks, according to a statement on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Website. Chrysler said, in a June 1 letter, that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries connected to the leak, wrote Business Week. The NHTSA said repairs are scheduled to initiate this month. Owners of the recalled vehicles should call Chrysler toll-free at 1-800-853-1403 or visit NHTSA’s website. “A brake fluid leak can cause partial loss of service brakes at the affected wheel, increasing the risk of a crash,” NHTSA said in the statement, quoted Business Week.

Chrysler also recalled 284,831 model year 2009 – 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans for a sliding-door hinge that can wear through wire insulation, which can lead to a short circuit and potential fire, according to the NHTSA, wrote Business Week.

Chrysler spokesman Nick Cappa said in an e-mail that Chrysler will recall the vehicles “to inspect and remove potential areas of liner contact with the brake line,” at no charge to customers, quoted Business week.

The maker of the brake component is Warren, Michigan-based TI Automotive, wrote Business Week, citing Chrysler’s letter to NHTSA.

Accelerator pedals in model year 2007 Dodge Calibers and Jeep Compasses—which were recalled just prior—were manufactured by CTS Corporation, wrote Business Week previously, which explained that the firm, based in Elkhart, Indiana, is known for having “supplied similar parts in Toyota Motor Co.’s cars.” This recall involves 34,614 Calibers and 90 Compasses, with most of the vehicles—73 percent—known to be in the United States, said Chrysler in a statement, wrote Business Week.

Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that it was investigating Chrysler’s vehicles following reports received from five consumers who said pedals on their vehicles became stuck when operating their cars. Of note, NHTSA recently announced that it is also investigating “Ford Motor Co. cars for pedals that may become stuck on floor mats,” said Business Week. And, Toyota ordered massive recalls for sticky pedals or pedals that were trapped by mats, which added to unintended acceleration issues, said Business Week.

Business Week explained that the recalled vehicles involved in the recent Chrysler recall are equipped with an electronic throttle control technology, according to Chrysler’s June 3 letter to NHTSA. That software is meant to stop cars when both the accelerator and brake are engaged, noted Business Week, which wrote that the carmaker is unaware of accidents or injuries related to the defect.

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