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Another Day, Another Recall

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On: Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 4:47PM | By: Karen Cook

Another Day, Another Recall

Chrysler has announced a recall of 522 vehicles of the following makes and models having 2.4-liter engines: the 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot, 2013 Dodge Avenger and 2013 Chrysler 200

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the following statement:
“Due to abrasive debris in the balance shift bearings, these engines may have a loss of engine oil pressure, possibly resulting in an engine stall or engine failure.” The statement goes on to warn than if the engine stalls or fails while the vehicle is being driven it could lead to a crash, as if that wasn’t obvious.

Chrysler has researched the problem and says that the debris is “consistent with the particles used in polishing tape during the engine manufacturing process for balance shaft modules.” There have been no reported accidents or injuries so far connected to this recall.

If you have one of the aforementioned vehicles, you will be notified by mail and the balance shaft will be replaced at no charge. Chrysler can be reached at 1-800-247-9753 if you have any questions. As usual, you don’t have to wait for your letter to get your car looked at.

Those are the facts. This particular recall, however, seems to me to have been completely avoidable. I don’t work in an automobile manufacturing plant. I don’t claim to know how all those car parts are put together, but doesn’t it sound like someone just didn’t clean up after themselves? Polishing tape seems to be part of the finishing process. Didn’t we learn in kindergarten to tidy up and make sure you don’t leave a mess? We’ve been making cars a long time now and recalls are so numerous these days that it looks like we don’t learn from our mistakes. Come on, guys, get with it. Lives are on the line here, and we are depending on you.


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