Chrysler recall: Flaming doors, failing brakes, sticky gas

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A light aqua-colored 2010 Chrysler Town and Country. It is included in a new five-model-, 600,000-vehicle Chrysler recall.

A new Chrysler recall has further stained the tarnished automaker. This time, electrical problems can cause sliding doors to catch fire. (Photo: BeautyCarsDen)

Fiat-managed property Chrysler continues to face the flames as a new U.S. Chrysler recall has skidded into the news. After having previous recall trouble because of failing brakes and sticky accelerators, new recalls involve five models and almost 600,000 vehicles. The Chrysler group reported potential safety hazards to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week, reports MSNBC.

The Chrysler recall: By the numbers

The Chrysler recall will include “as many as 284,831¬†Chrysler¬†Town and Country minivans and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans for model years 2008 and 2009,” reports MSNBC. These vehicles have faulty electrical systems that could cause a problem to develop that could create a short circuit to occur in the mechanism of the latch for the sliding side door of the vehicle. There is the notable potential that such a short circuit could cause the mechanism in the sliding side door to catch fire, according to the Chrysler Group.

In addition, there are as many as 288,968 Chrysler Jeep Wranglers from model years 2007 to 2010 that have been shown to be prone to leaking brake fluid. Such a leak could easily cause brake failure to occur.

And once it was simply sticky gas pedals

The latest Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Jeep Wrangler recalls are in addition to another that was reported not long before. The previous Chrysler recall, which affected 2007 Dodge Caliber and Jeep Compass vehicles, took 25,336 of the cars out of circulation. The reason for that Chrysler recall was the possibility of sticky accelerator pedals that could make it impossible to bring the car to a stop or could cause sudden acceleration.

What should car owners affected by the Chrysler recall do?

The automaker has pledged to fix all vehicles free of charge. Owners will be notified regarding the Chrysler recall this month, according to MSNBC. If consumers have further questions regarding the Chrysler recall, they can contact the automaker’s customer service line at 800-CHRYSLER (800-247-9753). The number is operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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