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Chrysler to Recall More than 430,000 SUVs in the U.S.

June 06, 2013

Chrysler Group will recall approximately 181,000 SUVs in the U.S. to prevent premature wear to a transmission oil cooler line. The automaker will also recall approximately 254,400 SUVs in the U.S. to upgrade software that controls restraint-system function in certain types of accidents.

Transmission Oil Cooler Line

A power-steering component may rub against the line and compromise transmission function. The issue was discovered during routine testing.

Chrysler Group is unaware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.

The repair, performed at no cost to customers, will see installation of a newly designed power-steering component that affords separation from the transmission oil cooler line.

If the line shows no signs of damage, it will be fitted with a protective sleeve as an additional precaution. If there is evidence of wear, the line will be replaced.

Affected customers will be notified by Chrysler Group.

Occupant Restraint Control Module

The recall has implications for model-year 2012 and 2013 Jeep Wrangler SUVs. Additional vehicles are affected in Canada (18,400), Mexico (3,300) and some markets outside the NAFTA region (18,400.)

The upgrade was deemed necessary after it was discovered that seatbelt pre-tensioners and side-curtain airbags may not function properly during slow-developing rollovers.

The affected models, 2010-2012 Jeep Patriot and Compass SUVs, are equipped with sensor-activated restraint systems that deploy when a rollover appears imminent.

Chrysler Group is unaware of any injuries, accidents or complaints associated with this issue.

Software upgrades will be performed at no cost to customers. Affected customers will be notified directly.

The recall also has implications for approximately 45,400 vehicles in Canada and 109,400 vehicles in certain markets outside the NAFTA region.

Customers who are concerned may call 1-800-853-1403.

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