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Chrysler to recall about 600,000 Jeeps, minivans

Chrysler to recall about 600,000 Jeeps, minivans

POSTED: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 9:36am

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 8:12am

DETROIT – Chrysler Group LLC is recalling nearly 600,000 minivans and Jeep Wranglers because of brake or wiring problems that could become safety issues, the company and federal regulators said Monday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website the automaker is recalling 288,968 Jeep Wranglers from the 2006 through 2010 model years due to a potential brake fluid leak.

It also is recalling 284,831 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans from the 2008 and 2009 model years because a wiring problem can cause a fire inside the sliding doors.

Neither problem has caused any crashes or injuries, Chrysler said in a statement.

On the Jeeps, the front inner fender liners can rub against the brake fluid tubes and cause a leak. NHTSA says the leak could result in partial loss of brakes.

The minivans can have improperly placed wires that can come in contact with sliding door hinges, and the hinges can wear through the insulation and in rare cases cause a fire inside the door, Chrysler and NHTSA said.

Chrysler will notify owners and dealers about the repairs, which will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to start later this month.

The Wranglers affected by the recall were made from May 15, 2006 through Aug. 9, 2010, according to NHTSA. The minivans were made from February 2007 through September 2007.


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With all the recalls hitting the streets lately, I would almost rather buy an older automobile. Chrysler is issuing a recall on selected models of minivans. One of the last Chrysler recalls had to do with the gas pedal sticking, causing the car to speed up suddenly. Chryslers and safety do not appear to be a great match lately.

As the auto editor here at the station, let me interject on Chrysler's behalf here. The gas pedal in question is the same one used in the recent Toyota recall. They are made by a company called CTS, which supplies lots of automakers. So, it's a supplier issue for both car companies, not necessarily a matter of their workmanship.

Roger Gray

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