• Dec 23, 2006


If you own a 2007 Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep listen up, because you're likely affected by Chrysler's latest recall. DaimlerChrysler is bringing home more than 68,000 vehicles to reprogram balky brake computers.

The 11 affected models are 2007 versions of the Sebring, 300, Charger, Magnum, Caliber, Commander, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Nitro and Compass. Whew.

Chrysler says computers in the recalled vehicles' could fail, leading to a loss of antilock brakes, traction control and speedomter functions. We don't remember much from our drivers' ed class, but we're pretty sure brake failure is hardly ever a good thing. Thankfully DC says nobody's been hurt yet.

Oh, and you Sebring drivers must have broken a mirror or something. While one team of crack DC mechanics gives your car a brain transplant, another team will be reteaching it to defrost your windshield. So take a book or something. That particular recall affects about 6,000 new Sebrings.

[Source: Reuters]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      It's only the computers that are screwed up right? Not a big deal. I mean isn't Toyota the recall king?

      Bunch of dumbasses (#'s 2,3 and 4)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Malfunctioning brakes are not a trivial matter. If Chrysler hadn't offered to recall the cars it would have been a mandatory recall faster than you can say NHTSA.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's not so much that there is a problem, it's how the manufacturer goes about fixing the problem. I applaud any company that voluntarily fixes a problem, instead of trying to hide or deny that there is a problem. Not to mention some of the shady dealer repair shops that try to scam you by saying that it's a non warranty covered issue. I've heard a lot of good ones too, like the lack of preventative maintenance on a anti-sway bar on a friends pickup truck caused it to break (yep, it was a Dodge). I wont even go into the problem with my 99 Durango's seized engine at 21k miles from sludge (with proper oil changes), so yes, this is a step in the right direction for chrysler to admit and fix a problem.
      • 8 Years Ago
      To #2, #3 & #4: recall for brake problems that's very serious. It's not about how many cars recalled but what the recall is about!
      American cars are not bad ones, otherwise they won't be doing well abroad. It's the management in this country that sucks. So telling the facts as they are shouldn't be considered treason! Unfortunately, this word is being used a lot these days by people who can't tell the difference between treason and self-criticism (the latter being a positive thing; it helps us stay #1). We should call on the US auto executives to resign and allow for change. A good CEO would not allow his pockets to get fatter while the quality of his products is getting worse and worse... Is it treason to say that?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "There are none so blind as those who will not see." Toyota had the most recalls of any carmaker in 2006.

      Looks like Toyota has its hands full enough fixing its own crap.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1: How very Left Lane News of you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am in total shock that Chrysler has pawned off over 6000 Sebrings. If there is a salesman on the face of the earth that sells more than 40 of those he is my hero.

      Typical walk-around pitch: "Don't worry about that, we'll have someone come clean up the vomit as soon as we come back to the showroom."
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Chrysler says computers in the recalled vehicles' could fail, leading to a loss of antilock brakes, traction control and speedomter functions. We don't remember much from our drivers' ed class, but we're pretty sure brake failure is hardly ever a good thing. Thankfully DC says nobody's been hurt yet."


      Mr. Tutor, since when is not having ABS equal to brake failure? Are you truly a car enthusiast who knows that ABS isn't really all it's cracked up to be or just a "writer" (I use that term loosely) looking to sensationalize?

      To help you out:

      Pressing my brake pedal and getting no response from the brakes and therefore no reduction in speed would be considered brake failure

      Losing ABS on my car but still being able to use the brakes is not.

      Since you were such a good student in driver's ed perhaps at some point you learned about threshold braking.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota did not have a bunch of serious safety recalls.
      Toyota had non-safety related service campaigns for non-safety related product defects, which are not required by USA laws to be fixed.
      We all have purchased defective products before, but if they are not safety related, there's no obligation for the manufacturer to fix it.
      Either way, Toyota, Chrysler and Ford suck.

      Buy GM. The all new Saturn Aura and Saturn Outlook.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Brake Computers is the problem. Why go after the assembler over the software manufacturer problem. The rest of the vehicle does it's job. The assembler is replacing the subcontractors units.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1, you suck. you should consider living abroad, traitor.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lexus may be the most reliable but Toyota does not make a "drivers" car, they make cars that you move from one parking spot to another. Case in point...auto parallel park...Geez, if you can't even park the damn thing...why even bother getting behind the wheel. Another case in point...the IS3whatever. Sold as a cempetitor to the BMW 3 series, yet all test reports indicate that it drives as nice as your dads Buick. Now I don't know about you, but I don't want to take any (present day) Buick through any kind of handling course!
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