Chrysler group announces recall for several vehicles

Chrysler group announces recall for several vehicles image

Text: / Photos: Chrysler Group | posted April 10, 2013 18:25

More than 260,000 vehicles affected

In a series of safety bulletins posted by Chrysler Group LLC which covers several vehicles with issues ranging from loose heat shields, insufficient parking brake function, overheating engine covers, improper warning light illumination, and fuel-tank transfer tube that can restrict fuel flow.

Details about the affected parts and vehicle can be seen below:

Tunnel Shield - Approximately 78,500 (2,300 units sold outside North America) older-model 4x2 SUVs will be recalled to brace a heat shield that can loosen and contact the driveshaft, causing wear and possible breakage over time. Less than 40 complaints coming from 2007 and 2008 Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty owners were filed due to broken driveshafts. Vehicles equipped with 4x4 drivelines are unaffected. To remedy the condition, Chrysler Group dealers will install a bracket to hold the shield in place.

Parking Brake - approximately 9,300 (210 units sold outside North America) 2013 Ram 1500 trucks – more than half of which are still with their dealers - has parking brakes that did not comply with mandated performance standards. Non-compliant trucks were traced to a production window between Dec. 17, 2012 and Jan. 22, 2013. Parking brakes of the vehicles affected will be inspected and, if necessary, reset them according to specification.

Engine Cover - approximately 7,000 model-year 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups – almost all of which are in dealer hands – to replace their engine covers due to the current ones having less resistance to heat.

Warning Light - approximately 139,000 units (11,000 units sold outside North America) of model year 2011 and 2012 Chrysler 300s, Dodge Chargers and Dodge Challengers assembled between April 11, 2011 and Dec. 14, 2011 will be recalled to prevent improper airbag warning-light illumination caused by wiring-harness terminal that didn't meet the manufacturer's specification. Affected units will have the connection upgraded accordingly.

Fuel-Tank Transfer Tube - approximately 30,000 (7,400 units sold outside North America) model-year 2012 Jeep Compass and Patriot models assembled between Oct. 18, 2011 and May 7, 2012 are to be recalled to fit new fuel-tank transfer tubes as the current tube that's installed has the potential of stalling the engine while operating at extreme conditions like high altitude and temperature.

Although most of the vehicles mentioned above was not officially sold here in the Philippines, some of them might have actually made it to our shore. We are still waiting for the official words from CATS Motors Inc, the official distributor of Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep brands locally, if there are any local units that are affected by the recall issued by Chrysler Group LLC.