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Chrysler Recalls 11k 2011 Models; Toyota Happy It's Not Them For Once

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On: Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 5:47PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Chrysler Recalls 11k 2011 Models; Toyota Happy It's Not Them For Once

Chrysler Group announced today the voluntary safety recall of approximately 11,351 2011-model-year vehicles built between April 15 and May 14, 2011 to inspect for the “presence and alignment of Steering Column Pivot Rivets.”

The vehicles involved in the recall are the Chrysler 200 (sedan and convertible) and Town & Country; the Dodge Caliber, Journey, Grand Caravan, and Nitro, and the Jeep Wrangler, Liberty, and Compass.

In its report filed June 16th, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noted that “some of these vehicles may have been built with a missing or incorrectly installed steering column pivot rivet.”

According to the press release it issued in response to NHTSA’s report, Chrysler puts it this way: “Some vehicles may have been built with missing or misaligned rivets that could compromise the steering column performance in the event of impact. This does not affect the steering of the vehicle under normal driving conditions.”

NHTSA’s description (in the section called “Consequence”) sounds much more terrifying:
“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.”

To which Chrysler notes that it is “not aware of any accidents, injuries or property damage related to this issue.” A Chrysler spokesperson also remarked that the rivet problem does not affect the drivability of the vehicle and that it is only in the event of the aforementioned frontal crash that it can become an issue.

The good news for everyone involved is that they both agree on one thing: inspections should be carried out and repairs made when necessary at no cost to the consumer.

NHTSA’s “Remedy” section asserts that “dealers will inspect for rivet presence and alignment and repair the steering column pivot as required, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during June 2011. Owners may contact Chrysler at (800) 853-1403.”

In “Notes” it adds that in response to this—“Chrysler Recall No. L23”—owners may also “contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236 (TTY 800-424-9153) or go to http://www.safercar.gov.”

When at safercar.gov, more information on this recall can be found by referencing “NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V315000”.

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