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Recall: 630,000 Jeeps for airbags, oil leaks

The 2010-2012 Compass and Patriot, plus the 2012-2013 Wrangler, are included.

By Exhaust Notes Jun 6, 2013 6:50AM
Chrysler will recall 630,000 Jeeps to fix airbag deployment problems and transmission oil leaks, according to Chrysler and filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2010-2012 Jeep Compass and Patriot may deploy the side airbags too late in a crash, or not at all, due to a software error. Chrysler said that during a rollover, the vehicle's lateral acceleration sensors could send a faulty signal to the airbag module, which could also delay the seatbelt pre-tensioners or cause them to deactivate. In total, 254,396 vehicles are affected in the U.S.

Chrysler said that no injuries or owner problems have been reported since it began investigating the airbag module in June 2012. Dealers will flash the airbag module with new software starting in July.

The 2012-2013 Wrangler has a power-steering fluid tube that can puncture a hole in an adjacent transmission oil tube and lead to a total loss of transmission oil, NHTSA filings said.

The recall affects 181,131 Wranglers equipped with automatic transmissions. A tube carrying fluid for the power-steering system can be in "hard contact" with the transmission oil cooler tube, which was switched from steel to a softer aluminum starting in the 2012 model year, Chrysler said. In August 2012, Chrysler fitted rubber parts to cushion the tubes and later redesigned the power-steering tube to be farther away from the transmission tube, which was fitted with a sleeve, starting in February 2013. The problem has occurred in at least 81 customer vehicles.

Starting in July, dealers will replace the power-steering tube system with the latest design and fit sleeves on the transmission oil cooler tube. If damaged, that tube will also be replaced.

Owners can call Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753 for more information.

On Wednesday, Chrysler said it was refusing to recall 2.7 million Jeeps that NHTSA alleged had faulty fuel-tank designs and resulted in fiery crashes and gasoline leaks.

In May, Chrysler recalled 469,027 2005-2010 Grand Cherokees and 2006-2010 Commanders that could inadvertently shift into neutral when the vehicle is started, causing the car to roll away.

In April, Chrysler recalled 30,000 Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs from the 2012 and 2013 model years for fuel-tank transfer tubes that could starve the engine of gasoline.

In March and June of 2012, Chrysler recalled 347,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs from 2004-2007 for a rear lower control arm that could rust and fracture.

In November 2012, Chrysler recalled 744,822 Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee SUVs in the U.S. for airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners that could inadvertently deploy or activate.

[Source: NHTSA 1, 2, Chrysler 1, 2]

Jun 6, 2013 8:09AM
Recalls happen for all brands will happen sooner or later, no one auto maker is exempt
Jun 6, 2013 9:44AM
Too bad we can't 'recall' some of our politicians!
Jun 6, 2013 9:25AM
In the 60's we never had auto recalls, you just fixed your own bench seat if you and your girl(s) broke it ! The Naugahyde upholstery was quick to clean also, no telltale stains !
Jun 6, 2013 9:24AM
I've had four Jeep Grand Cherokees, the latest a 2012 Overland.  Never had a problem.  Never had a problem with Ford T-Birds, but the 1982 LTD was a lemon.  LTD = Long Term Debt. . Never had a problem with the GTO back in 1965.  I guess I've been lucky.  I'll still buy American.
Jun 6, 2013 8:14AM
Makes me want to go out and buy a 12 mpg SUV or pickup then complain about high fuel prices.
Jun 19, 2013 3:30AM
with all the new technology and such - you open the hood and have a hard time finding the engine. recalls happen - at least the automakers will fix them - grudgingly at times it seems - but I will say this I have owned olds, amc, ford, chevy, nissan and dodge/jeep - if I could go back in time I would take my 68' amc ambassador with the rotted floor over the ford that blew a straight 6 in 2 weeks. better yet the Nissan pathfinder with 229,000 miles that never used in between changes - too bad the body separated from the chassis - but I am now a jeep owner and my wife a dodge owner - we are happy
Jun 6, 2013 8:23AM
I bought a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee because of our past experience with Chrysler. We had owned a "used" Maxiwagon, a "used" station wagon and a brand new Gran Caravan. But with what I have gone through with this one, if it had been the first Chrysler I owned, it would be the last. Not to mention their service techs stink. (Putting it as politely as I can) I am only keeping it because it is paid for.
Jul 5, 2013 10:20AM
Any car or truck on the road no matter who makes it can blow up ! What a bunch of idiots ! #2 Toyota and all the Asian car makers have huge recalls at one time or another ! #3 All makes and models no matter if they are Big Three or the Japanese or the Koreans it does not matter they all get their parts from about 8 major suppliers ! In other words they are all made with the same basic stuff idiots ! So to the fools on this board who rag on American companies or not get educated or shut up... JEZ...
Jun 6, 2013 9:04AM
and we have the merry go round that never seems to end in the auto industry regardless of the mfg..
Jun 6, 2013 8:33AM
Tthey should have recalled the Durango's in the late ninties, they caught on fire because of blow of collecting on the splash guard and no one ever did anything about it. They just lied their way thru everyone's complaints.
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