Finally giving into many organizations requests, Chrysler Group LLC said it will recall about 630,000 Jeep sport-utility vehicles for repairs on transmission leaks and other mechanical problems , a few days after it said it won’t recall 2.7 million other SUVs alleged by US regulators to have faulty fuel systems.
The recall by the US automaker will include 254,000 Compass and Patriot SUVs from the 2010 to 2012 model years sold in the US to repair a software error that can delay the firing of curtain airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners, says Chrysler.
The company will also separately recall 181,000 Wrangler SUVs in the US to fix a transmission cooler line that leak due to premature wear. The airbag action affects 109,400 other vehicles sold outside North America and 45,400 in Canada. The recall for the affected vehicles of the transmission leak covers another 40,100 units outside the US.
Last June 4, Chrysler announced it will not give in to a proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recall the Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 1993 to 2004, and the Jeep Liberty from model years 2002 to 2007. The US regulator says the vehicles’ problems have been linked to 51 deaths from fires after rear-impact collisions.
Chrysler said the vehicles are safe and won’t be recalled.
Chrysler sales chief Reid Bigland says the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based automaker is optimistic that consumers will consider the company’s research and agree that the vehicles in question are safe.
“Our vehicles are safe and if they make an informed decision, I don’t think they’re going to have any concerns at all.”