Thursday, June 6, 2013

Chrysler Recalls 435,000 Jeep SUVs

By CHRISTINA ROGERS

Chrysler Group LLC has agreed to recall 435,000 Jeep sport-utility vehicles to repair problems with the air bag and transmission fluid line, just two days after it refused a separate request from federal regulators to recall 2.7 million Jeeps.

The company is recalling 254,000 2010-2012 model year Patriot and Compass vehicles because of problems with the air bag, which can deploy late because of a software glitch.

Additionally, the auto maker is recalling 180,000 Jeep Wranglers from model year 2012 and 2013 to fix a fluid line leak that can damage the transmission.

Chrysler said in a statement it is not aware of any injuries or accidents associated with these issues. The recall starts in July, and the fixes will be made at no cost to customers.

On Tuesday, Chrysler rebuffed a federal regulator's request to recall 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty sport-utility vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency that oversees vehicle safety, requested the recall after concluding that 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty models posed more of a fire risk in rear-end crashes than comparable models.

Chrysler has vigorously defended the Jeep SUVs as safe and has challenged the agency's analysis of crash data. The company said on Tuesday it would not recall those vehicles.

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