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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.

Which minivans are being recalled?

Chrysler is issuing a recall notice for the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan models and 2012 Chrysler Town & Country models built during one week’s production from November 15, 2011 and November 21, 2011. The automaker says that some of the vehicles built during that week may have improperly machined rear right wheel hub and wheel bearings.

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 vehicle crash. Wheel separation would likely exacerbate the extent of injuries from a frontal 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; this safety recall is being conducted out of an abundance of caution. Chrysler says up to 60 percent of the vehicles in question may have the defective part. The Chrysler Town & Country may also have a potential problem with the vent window switch on the driver’s side that may cause it to overheat.

Chrysler will be notifying owners of the recall which starts this month. Drivers should make a service appointment with a dealer. They will replace the right wheel hub and bearing assembly, and all recall repairs are being conducted free of charge. Owners with questions or concerns can contact Chrysler customer service 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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Which Jeeps are being recalled?

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, there is a potential for fuel leakage that might cause a fire when involved in a crash or a roll-over. A wreck is bad, but catching on fire as a result of a fuel leak from 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. Contact Chrysler to discuss details and recall-related repairs.

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.