U.S. safety officials have begun a “preliminary evaluation” into complaints of stalling engines in 2011 and 2012 model year Jeep Patriots made by Chrysler Group LLC. The stalling occurred while the vehicles were running at high speeds. One of 12 incidents of engine stalling led to a crash and an injury, according to NHTSA. In ten of the incidents reported to NHTSA, the Patriot stalled while it was being driven at speeds of 65 miles per hour or faster.
The preliminary evaluation involves about 112,000 Jeep Patriots in the United States. Such an evaluation could eventually lead to a recall, which would involve vehicles sold in other countries as well. The Chrysler Group says it’s cooperating fully with NHTSA in this preliminary investigation. Chrysler said, “The 2011-2012 Jeep Patriot (which is a small crossover vehicle) meets or exceeds all applicable federal safety standards and has an excellent safety record.”
Through September, Jeep Patriot U.S. sales were up 15% at 49,061, according to Autodata Corp. While there is no recall, owners of 2011 and 2012 Jeep Patriots, because of the complaints, should consider consulting their local Jeep dealers. Michigan-based Chrysler is majority owned by Fiat SpA.
Source: Claims Journal
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