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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.

By Exhaust Notes Apr 9, 2013 12:52PM
Chrysler is recalling 263,852 vehicles for six separate problems ranging from warning lights to engine stalling, the automaker said late Tuesday.

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.

[Source: Chrysler]
149Comments
Apr 9, 2013 2:17PM
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Not good news for Chrysler, but the company will weather it.  Some of the problems were found by the company's own internal audit; at least they are working to catch things.  If Toyota can survive the acceleration disaster, Chrysler will survive this. I still buy cars made in Detroit and have done so since 1959.
Apr 9, 2013 2:05PM
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Cars are machines, designed and built by humans. Parts fail, there are a million things that can go wrong. No brand is immune to it. Move along.
Apr 9, 2013 2:28PM
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problem or not, I have a 12 charger and a 12 ram and I would buy another of either vehicle in  a minute.
Apr 9, 2013 2:12PM
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Why doesn't Chrysler recall Jeep Libertys which are notorious for self-destructing rear window pulleys that cause the windows to drop to the bottom of the doors simply because the owners occasionally open/close the windows.  My dealer acknowledges that it's an enormous problem that affects virtually all Libertys, but Chrysler refuses to do anything about it. Why are some problems addressed and others are not -- and don't tell me that it has to do with safety. A wiring harness plug is a safety issue? I think not.
Apr 9, 2013 2:10PM
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even with all those recalls ,its still alot less then toyota &honda !!!!
Apr 9, 2013 2:39PM
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What about all those lousy 2.7 engines they made - why weren't they ever recalled.  too many to replace.
What happened to the good ole slant 6 225 or the v-8 , 318?  Way to go Chrysler. 2.7 has a sludge problem - not a tiny weeny little problem - a HUGE problem takes out the whole engine.  Oil changes weren't the answer. shame on you Chrysler.
Apr 9, 2013 2:04PM
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The real victims here are the dealership technicians who will have to perform the recall work for a sharply reduduced flat rate, or even for free.
Apr 9, 2013 2:08PM
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i am suprised that they found only 52 defective dodge darts !
Apr 9, 2013 1:42PM
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chrysler never could wire a car. looks like fiat can't either
Apr 9, 2013 1:59PM
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This is what happens when you turn a simple machine into high technology... It will become more common. The VW used to be the most electrically overengineered brand on the market. It won't be too long before we pass em.
Apr 9, 2013 2:23PM
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Why don't they test vehicles more BEFORE they stick em' on the lot????
Apr 9, 2013 2:38PM
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I am glad I sold my Liberty. Not to mention 15 mpg.
Apr 9, 2013 2:38PM
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Need to recall the Jeep Wrangler. The frames are rusting into.
Apr 9, 2013 1:45PM
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Hey ricerstink, you're awfully quiet. What's the problem ?
Apr 9, 2013 2:19PM
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My spaceship runs fine, no recall. Jane and Astro and my boy, Leroy, are all safe and happy.
Apr 9, 2013 2:04PM
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remember the video a couple of years back where a bunch of chrysler employees on break were pounding down              40oz ers  and power burning doobies?haha i would never buy one!
Apr 9, 2013 2:03PM
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This is really going to hurt Chrysler....They have some great models and I hate to see this happen. The main stream news media will have a field day with this.....gloom and ripping everything is what they do best.....Stand by for the sickness !!!
Apr 9, 2013 4:26PM
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look up DODGE in the dictionary "to avoid"
Apr 9, 2013 5:25PM
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What about ignition switches in Dodge 1500's? My 2009 Dodge 1500 sat in the shop for 25 days because Dodge couldn't "get" the part. Now my 2012 Dodge 1500 is seating in the shop because the ignition switch went out. How long will this truck sit in the shop this time? The truck only has 5800 miles on it. I am done with Dodge.   
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