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Chrysler Recalling 600,000 Minivans and Jeeps

Troubled maker cites potential brake failures, wiring fires.

by on Jun.07, 2010

The latest recalls are the result of design or assembly process defects.

Chrysler is recalling 600,000 of its Jeep Wrangler SUVs, and Dodge and Chrysler minivans to address potential safety problems involving brake and wiring defects.

The announcement is the latest setback for the struggling automaker, and comes just days after it issued a recall notice for 161,000 Dodge Caliber models to repair a potentially sticky accelerator pedal because of defective parts from CTS, the same supplier of recalled Toyota pedals. (See Chrysler Recalls Dodge Calibers for Sticky Pedals )

The latest defects are the result of improper engineering or assembly.

On model year 2008 and 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans manufactured from February 2007 through September 2009, some of the minivans may have been assembled with an improperly routed wire harness. The lower sliding-door hinge bracket can make contact and wear through the wire insulation. A short circuit in the latch is possible, which in turn could cause a fire. About 285,000 minivans with power sliding doors are affected. No accidents or injuries are reported.


Chrysler Recalls Jeeps for Transmission Fires

Wrangler automatic transmissions can overheat.

by on Nov.16, 2009


Vehicles were not equipped with a transmission fluid temperature warning system.

Chrysler is recalling model year 2007 through 2008 Jeep Wranglers manufactured between June 2006 through July 2008 passenger vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. About 161,000 Wranglers are affected. These

Chrysler told National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that fluid could boil over and cause a fire.

The possibility of this comes under extreme conditions.

“Operating a vehicle under rigorous off-road conditions will cause the vehicle’s transmission fluid temperature to elevate. Continuous operation under such rigorous conditions may lead to a transmission failure. In cases where the limits of the vehicle are exceeded beyond reasonable usage over an extended period, the fluid could boil over and may come into contact with a hot engine or exhaust component and cause a fire,” Chrysler said.