Chrysler issues two small-scale recalls

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Jeep Patriot

Some 2012 Jeep Patriot models may have been assembled with faulty valves in the fuel tank. Image: Jack Zalium/Flickr/CC BY-ND

This week, Chrysler issued two small-scale recalls over issues that it blames on its suppliers and faulty parts. Both issues, says the automaker, could lead to injuries, although none have been reported at this time.

Less than 2,000 cars affected

As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler announced two small-scale recalls Friday. Less than 2,000 units are affected in the combined recalls. The larger of the two is over possibly defective valves that could cause fuel leaks and potential fires. The second recall is for a hub assembly that, if faulty, could cause a vehicle’s wheels to fall off and greatly increase the risk of a traffic accident.

2012 Jeep Patriot and Compass SUVs

Chrysler will be recalling about 1,700 of its 2012 Jeep Patriot and Compass SUVs. The Auburn Hills, Mich.-based automakers says the fuel tank assembly my have a bad valve.

The recall posting on the NHTSA site said:

“In the event of an impact or roll-over, fuel leakage could occur, increasing the risk of a fire.”

Fuel tank to be replaced

The Jeep recall will begin in June. At that time, Chrysler will replace the fuel tanks free of charge for affected vehicles that are taken to the service departments of its local dealerships.

Chrysler says it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or deaths because of the gas valve issue.

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300 minivans also recalled

Meanwhile, the U.S. automaker is also recalling just less than 300 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans in the U.S. because the right rear wheel hub and bearing assembly could be substandard. The issue could cause the wheel to fall off while in motion. If that should happen, the risk of injury and even death would, obviously, increase dramatically.

The recall will begin in May. Chrysler dealership service personnel will replace the hub at no cost.

Sixty more outside of U.S.

The recall also includes 60 other units outside of the U.S. Again, the automaker is unaware of any accidents or injuries caused by the problem. Chrysler says the vehicles in both recalls were built between Dec. 17, 2011 and Jan. 2, 2012.

Part suppliers blamed for defects

Chrysler blames its suppliers for sending faulty parts. Many automakers have had to find alternate suppliers, following major flooding in Thailand. It is unknown, however, if that applies to the issues precipitating the current Chrysler recalls.

Those with questions about either recall can telephone Chrysler at (800) 853-1403.


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