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Chrysler Issues Major Recalls

Chrysler Has Issued Recalls Of Over 250,000 Vehicles Today, Including over 100,000 Chrysler 300s, Dodge Chargers, and Dodge Challengers

This is not a good day for Chrysler. Today, Chrysler issued four separate recall notices, which totaled more than 250,000 vehicles. The major recall group includes about 139,000 Challengers, Chargers, and 300s. These vehicles are being recalled due to a wiring issue. The faulty wiring in these vehicles can cause the vehicle’s air bag warning lights to illuminate. Chrysler 300s, Dodge Chargers, and Dodge Challenger made from April 11, 2011 to Dec. 14, 2011 are included. If you’re uncertain if your 2011 or 2012 model year Challenger falls within this production window, please contact your local dealer. Chrysler is also urging its dealers to directly contact their customers. All recall repairs will be done free of charge, and customers with these vehicles will begin being notified this month.

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This recall includes almost 119,000 vehicles in the U.S. market. The rest of the vehicles in the estimated 139,000 total are in the Canadian, Mexican, and other markets.

In addition to these recalls, Chrysler also issued a recall of 78,500 two-wheel-drive Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro midsize SUVs. This recall has been issued because the drive shafts can break under stress.

The SUVs are from the 2007 and 2008 model years. Chrysler says in documents filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a heat shield in the vehicle’s under carriage can drop and rub against the drive shaft, causing it unnecessary stress and, over time wearing down and breaking. If the shaft does break, the SUVs will lose power and the vehicle may sense this as accident induced, inflating the side air bags. Chrysler has not been aware of any crashes or incidents occurring as result of this potential issue. Dealers will install a bracket to hold the shield in place at no cost to customers. This recall affects about 61,400 vehicles in the U.S. market, although Chrysler reports fewer than 40 incidents of broken drive shafts having yet occurred.

Another 30,000 small SUVs, including the Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass four-wheel-drive vehicles from the 2012 model year, as result of a faulty hose inside the gas tank which can result in gas blockage and stalling. Chrysler claims that the original hoses were improperly manufactured for their saddle-style installation. Dealers will replace the hose with a freer-flowing one that has no potential for stoppage or stalling. About 20,500 of the affected vehicles in this recall are in the U.S. market.

All of these recalls are going in to effect immediately, and can be scheduled at your local dealer.

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