Chrysler has announced that they will recall more than 200,000 of its vehicles, including its Ram pickup truck, Dodge Challengers and Charges, and Jeep Liberty and Patriots for a variety of problems.
The recall affecting the largest amount of vehicles, approximately 120,000 Chrysler 300s, and Dodge Challenger and Chargers sedans from 2011 and 2012, is due to an airbag problem. It has been determined that the wrong-sized crimps were used in building the airbag wiring harness, which can cause the airbag warning light to illuminate.
A second recall announced will affect approximately 61,409 Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty SUVs from 2008 and some 2007 Nitros, because a part in the vehicle can drop onto the drive shaft, causing it to break. If this occurs, the vehicle will suddenly lose power and the side airbags may deploy as the computer module may think the vehicle is in a severe crash. There have been no reports of injuries or accidents to date.
A third recall affects 20,532 Jeep Patriots and Compass SUVs from 2012 due to a problem with the fuel tank that can interrupt the flow of gasoline and cause the SUVs to stall. The problem was caused when improperly formed nylon tubes that route fuel within the tank were used in the assembly of the vehicles. Chrysler is aware of one accident, but no injuries.
A fourth recall announced affects approximately 6,500 2013 Dodge Ram pickup trucks due to a problem with the parking brake. A cable in the parking brake was not properly set and will not hold the truck on a 20% grade, as required by safety regulations. No reports of accident or injuries have been reported.
Lastly, a small but undetermined number of 2013 Dodge Darts are being recalled as they were built with the wrong rear brake calipers, which could possibly prevent the parking brake from working. It has been discovered that on one day of production, the wrong part was installed. The factory discovered the issue subsequent to approximately 50 vehicles being shipped.