Recall Alert: 400,000 Jeep Patriot, Compass SUVs for Airbag, Power Steering Flaws; 220,000 Wranglers for Oil Cooler Lines
Chrysler Group has announced that it will be recalling 620,000 Jeep vehicles, and no, it has nothing to do with this proposed recall. This time around, both the Jeep Compass and Patriot are involved with airbag and power steering defects at the root of the problem. In all, more than 400,000 Compass and Patriot models assembled between 2010 and 2012 are included in this recall and another 220,000 Wranglers from 2012 and 2013 for faulty oil cooler lines. However, it should be noted that 254,000 Compass and Patriot models affected are here in the United States with the rest being elsewhere around the world. As for the Wrangler recall, out of the 220,000 units affected, 181,000 units are believed to be stateside. To rectify the issue plaguing the Compass and Patriot, a software upgrade will need to take place so that the restraint-system function works properly in a number of different accidents. As it stands now, a sensor-activated restraint system deploys when a rollover is very likely. Chrysler believes the software glitch currently plaguing its system by result in "delayed or non-deployment of seatbelt pre-tensioner and side airbag curtains involved in some slower developing rollover events. The error involved a polarity mistake with the lateral acceleration signal used in the rollover algorithm," when speaking to the National Highway Traffic safety Administration. As for the 2012 and 2013 Jeep Wrangler recall, the problem at hand concerns premature wear to the transmission oil cooler line. It's believed that a power steering component may be rubbing up against the line which, in turn wears a hole in the aluminum transmission oil cooler line. This is a problem because it can cause transmission fluid to spill out and essentially render the gearbox useless. Chrysler has said it's aware of 81 reports, including two field reports, too. There haven't been any injuries or fatalities reported as a result of these defects and Chrysler plans on notifying affected owners next month. For issues with the Wrangler, local dealerships will install a newly designed power steering component which leaves space between it and the transmission oil cooler line. As stated above, a software reprogram is expected to take place with the Compass and Patriot. Source: The Detroit News
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