Chrysler’s Jeep division has announced today that they will be issuing two separate recalls, unrelated to the recent rejection of the NHTSA’s request to recall over 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees to reposition their fuel tanks. In all, over 630,000 vehicles are affected, with most of them being sold in the United States.
The first recall involves the 2012-2013 Jeep Wrangler that is equipped with the Pentastar 3.8L V6 engine and automatic transmission, which were produced from January 23, 2011, to February 23, 2013. There’s a potential defect in the power steering line, which could rub against the transmission cooler oil line. Over time, it could wear a hole, causing a transmission fluid leak, which could lead to extensive damage to the transmission. Approximate 180,131 Wranglers sold in the United States will be affected.
The second Jeep recall is for the 2010-2012 Compass and Patriot vehicles built between May 6, 2008, to July 20, 2012. The issue with these vehicles is that there is a potential software glitch, which may not deploy the seat belt pretensioners and side curtain airbags, should the vehicle be involved in an accident where the vehicle rolled over.
Both Jeep recalls will have the registered owners bringing them back to the dealership for repairs. For the Wrangler, the technicians will replace the power steering return tube assembly, and with the Compass/Patriot, they will reprogram the software, so that the seatbelt pretensioners and side curtain airbags will properly deploy.
Chrysler plans on notifying the owners in July.
News Source: Automotive News