April 22, 2013

Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI)

Chrysler corporations issued a series of recalls last week for various vehicle malfunctions and auto defects.

2013 Dodge Ram 1500: Approximately 6,574 vehicles manufactured December 17, 2012 through January 22, 2013 were recalled due to a parking brake cable equalizer that was set incorrectly. This recall was expected to begin April 12, 2013. Dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Chrysler directly at 1-800-247-9753 and reference safety recall no. N22. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V128000.

2013 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500: Approximately 6,143 vehicles manufactured January 7, 2013 through March 6, 2013 were recalled due to an engine cover defect that may trap an excessive amount of heat under the cover. This recall is expected to begin sometime in May 2013. Dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Chrysler directly at 1-800-247-9753 and reference safety recall no. N19. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V122000.

2007-2008 Dodge Nitro and 2008 Jeep Liberty: Approximately 61,409 vehicles have been recalled due to a defect that may cause the transfer case heat shield to drop down and rub on the drive shaft, weakening it and potentially causing the drive shaft to break. If the drive shaft breaks, a section of it can strike the transfer case tunnel with enough force that the airbag computer will believe the vehicle is in a crash and thus deploy the airbags. Additionally, the drive shaft failure will result in a loss of motive power. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash.

This recall is expected to begin sometime in May 2013. Dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Chrysler directly at 1-800-247-9753 and reference safety recall no. N10. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V121000.

2012 Jeep Patriot and Compass: Approximately 20,532 vehicles manufactured October 18, 2011 through May 7, 2012 have been recalled due to a manufacturing defect that can cause the engine to stall. This recall is expected to begin sometime in May 2013. Dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Chrysler directly at 1-800-247-9753 and reference safety recall no. N17. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V120000.

2011-2012 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Charger: Approximately 119,497 vehicles manufactured April 11, 2011 through December 14, 2011 have been recalled due to an air bag defect. Certain vehicles may have improperly sized terminal crimps on the seat side-airbag wiring harness which may cause the seat side-airbags to malfunction and illuminate the airbag warning light. In the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment the airbags may not operate as designed, increasing the risk of injury.

This recall is expected to begin sometime in April 2013. Dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Chrysler directly at 1-800-247-9753 and reference safety recall no. N07. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V118000.

Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.