Just two days after initially refusing NHTSA’s request to recall 2.7 million older-model Jeeps, Chrysler decided to issue two other recalls totaling 630,000 vehicles worldwide. The automaker has recalled more than 409,000 Jeep Patriot and Compass small SUVs across the globe from the 2010 and 2012 model years to fix air bag and seat-belt problems. It’s also recalling 221,000 Jeep Wranglers worldwide from 2012 and 2013 to fix transmission fluid leaks, according to documents posted on the NHTSA website. In the Patriots and Compasses, a software error could cause late deployment of the side air bags and seat-belt tightening mechanisms, and that could cause injuries in rollover crashes. Dealers will repair the software for free starting this month.
For Wranglers with 3.6-liter V-6 engines, Chrysler said a power steering fluid line can wear a hole in the transmission oil cooler line. The SUVs can leak fluid, damaging automatic transmissions. Dealers will inspect the lines for free and replace them or install a protective sleeve. The recall begins this month. No crashes or injuries have been reported in either case, according to Chrysler. The Compass and Patriot recall includes 254,400 vehicles in the U.S., 45,400 in Canada and another 109,400 outside North America, according to Chrysler. The Wrangler recall includes 181,000 vehicles in the U.S. as well as 18,400 in Canada, 3,300 in Mexico and another 18,400 outside North America. Concerned customers in either case can call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
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