Two Chrysler Recalls: Minivans and Jeeps

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The 2012 Jeep Compass is one of four vehicles being recalled.

The 2012 Jeep Compass is one of four vehicles being recalled. (Jeep.com)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released details of two Chrysler recalls involving a total of four different vehicle models: two minivan twins and two Jeep models.

Minivan Recall

Chrysler will be recalling 289 2012 Chrysler Town and Country and 2012 Dodge Grand Caravans built during one week’s production range from November 15, 2011 and November 21, 2011. The automaker says that some of the vehicles build during that week may have improperly machined rear right wheel hub and bearing assemblies.

The result of this improper machining can result in a decrease in durability and can ultimately lead to wheel separation from the vans and a crash. Rather unpleasant for those behind the wheel as well as any passengers they may be hauling.

However, there have been no reports of crashes or injuries relating to the defects. Chrysler says up to 60 percent of the vehicles in questions may have the defective part.

Chrysler will be notifying owners of the recall which starts this month. Dealers will replace the right wheel hub and bearing assembly free of charge. Owners with questions or concerns can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 referencing Chrysler recall number M13 or the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 referencing NHTSA campaign ID number 12V141000.

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Jeep Recall

The second Chrysler recall involves 2012 Jeep Patriot and 2012 Jeep Compass models built between December 17, 2011 through January 2, 2012. The company says a potential of 1,689 Canadian-built Jeeps might have had a fuel tank assembly containing a damaged roll-over valve installed during manufacture.

If vehicles have the defective valve, they could potentially leak gasoline and catch fire when involved in a crash or a roll-over. A wreck is bad, but catching on fire as a result of a wreck is even worse. But like the recall above, there have been no reports of incidents or injuries. Chrysler expects less than 3 percent of the Jeeps involved in the recall to have the defect.

Chrysler will notify owners by mail and the recall will begin in June 2012. Owners with questions or concerns can call Chrysler toll free at 1-800-853-1403, reference Chrysler recall number M11. They can also call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 referencing NHTSA Campaign ID number 12V142000.

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