Recall: 263,852 Chrysler vehicles for fuel tanks, brakes and more
A range of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram models are being recalled for problems related to faulty fuel tanks, brakes, electrical wiring, driveshafts and engine covers.
An airbag warning light can illuminate intermittently on 2011-2012 Dodge Charger and Challenger and Chrysler 300 models. A wiring harness plug for the side airbag mounted in the seat "did not meet specification," Chrysler said, and would need to be replaced. About 139,000 cars are affected.
In March, Chrysler recalled 4,459 Challengers from 2013 to fix a wiring harness that could cause a fire. In May 2012, Chrysler recalled 119,000 Chargers and 300s from 2011-2012 for a sudden loss in anti-lock brakes and stability control due to overheated fuses.
Driveshafts can break on 2007-2008 Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty models due to loose heat shields that can contact the shaft and cause it to fail. Chrysler said it received about 40 owner complaints of broken driveshafts on 2-wheel-drive models. Dealers will install a new bracket to keep the heat shield in place on about 78,500 cars. Four-wheel-drive models are not affected.
About 30,000 Jeep Compasses and Patriots from the 2012 and 2013 model years are being recalled for fuel-tank transfer tubes that can starve the engine of gasoline. The tubes on certain models can deform over time and cause the engine to stall, especially in high altitudes and high temperatures, Chrysler said. New tubes will be fitted.
Parking brakes on the 2013 Ram 1500 may not work properly. Chrysler said it is recalling 9,300 trucks after an internal audit found the brakes were not up to production standards. Chrysler said an additional six reports from outside the company alleged that the brakes were not functioning properly. Dealers will inspect and repair the brakes as needed.
An additional 7,000 heavy-duty Ram pickups are being recalled for engine covers that can melt. Covers on the diesel-powered 2500 and 3500 trucks with the 6.7-liter engine will be replaced. Most of the vehicles, save for about 550, are in dealer hands, Chrysler said.
In February, Chrysler recalled 278,222 pickup trucks and SUVs to fix rear axles that could suddenly lock up and cause the driver to lose control.
And finally, 52 Dodge Darts are being recalled for faulty rear brake calipers that can cause the parking brake to fail.
In total, more than 210,000 vehicles are affected in the U.S.; the rest are in Canada, Mexico and a few additional markets. Chrysler did not say when the recalls would begin. Owners can contact the automaker at 1-800-247-9753 for more information.
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