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Chrysler Adds Minivans To The List Of Recalled Vehicles

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On: Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 4:07PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Chrysler Adds Minivans To The List Of Recalled Vehicles

Chrysler has now hopped on the recall bandwagon as it is recalling close to 600,000 Jeep Wranglers and minivans in the U.S. and another 100,000 vehicles recalled from Canada, Mexico, and other international markets. The reason for the recall, according to Chrysler spokesperson and federal regulators, is a problem with wiring and brakes that could potentially cause a safety issue.

In the most recent Chrysler recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the leak resulting from the front inner fender liner rubbing against the brake fluid tubes which may cause brake fluid to leak, potentially leading to partial brake loss.  The minivans that were recalled have improperly placed wires that could come into contact with hinges on the sliding doors which could cut through the insulation, resulting in a fire hazard. Chrysler spokesman Nick Cappa was quoted as saying that only “in rare instances” could the defect lead to a fire inside the van doors.

Other recalls from Chrysler include over 280,000 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravans and Chrysler Town and Country minivans secondary to the issue of faulty wiring inside the minivan doors. The Wrangler models that were affected were manufactured from May 15, 2006 through Aug. 9, 2010, according to NHTSA, and the minivans were made from February 2007 through September 2007.

This was the second big recent recall for Chrysler; the company recalled close to 35,000 Dodge Calibers last week. Chrysler will voluntarily recall about 25,000 Dodge Calibers and 71 Jeep Compass sports utility vehicles because of sticky gas pedals—the same problem that caused Toyota to recall 2.3 million vehicles in January. The recalled Calibers are all from the 2007 model year and were manufactured between March 7 and May 19, 2006, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement Friday. Chrysler received five complaints of sticky gas pedals prior to the recall.

According to the Chrysler Group, there have been 57 reports of vehicles having “thermal damage”, but knows of no reported crashes or injuries resulting directly from any of the recall problems.

The Chrysler recall is expected to be implemented later this month and all owners of the affected vehicles will be notified, and, of course, repairs will be done at Chrysler Service Centers across the country at no charge.




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