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Despite its refusal to recall 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty models this week over a gas tank fire risk, Chrysler will be recalling 630,000 Jeep Compass (pictured), Patriot and Wrangler vehicles around the globe for a pair of entirely different reasons.

The affected Compass and Patriot models are all from the 2010 to 2012 model years – 254,000 in the United States, 45,400 in Canada and 109,000 elsewhere in the world. In these models, a software error may result in the late deployment of the side airbags and seatbelt tensioners. In the event of a crash, failure of these systems could result in more serious injuries for the vehicle's occupants.

Jeep's go-anywhere Wrangler also faces a separate recall due to power steering fluid lines that can possibly wear a hole in the transmission oil cooler line. According to Chrysler, the vehicles could then leak fluid, possibly damaging the transmissions. Roughly 221,100 Wrangler models are being recalled because of this issue, all of which are fitted with Jeep's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. In the US, 181,000 vehicles are affected, with an additional 18,400 in Canada and 21,700 additional units worldwide. A Chrysler spokesperson said that no crashes or injuries have been reported with either case, according to the Associated Press.

Both recalls campaigns are expected to begin in July, where dealers will fix these problems free of charge. Scroll down to read the official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice on the Compass and Patriot recall, and head over to AOL Autos for the full AP report.
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Report Receipt Date: JUN 04, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V233000
Component(s): AIR BAGS , ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , SEAT BELTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 254,396
All Products Associated with this Recall

JEEP COMPASS 2010-2012
JEEP PATRIOT 2010-2012

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles manufactured May 6, 2008, through July 20, 2012. The affected vehicles have a software error which may result in a delayed deployment or non-deployment of the seatbelt pre-tensioners and/or side airbags.

CONSEQUENCE

In the event of a rollover necessitating airbag deployment, the software error can lead to a delayed deployment or non-deployment of the side curtain airbag and/or seatbelt pre-tensioners. As a result, vehicle occupants have an increased risk of injury in a crash.

REMEDY

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will correct the software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall number is N01.

NOTES

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Lucky Vanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Welcome to the United States of corporate Amerika where corporations sell deathtraps without regard to anybody & the food is GMO & the next gen of Muricans are autistic or retards. Gooooooo Amerkiaaaaa.
        Kimura
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        "A Chrysler spokesperson said that no crashes or injuries have been reported with either case, according to the Associated Press." Learn to read idiot.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
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      GasMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I seriously wonder if the dealers love recalls like this. Insert a cable tie to relocate the fluid line and then sell the customer a $700 service checkup. It is a tough call between ruining brand image and puffing up your dealer services.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GasMan
        I don't know what kind of dealerships you're going to but we do a free multi-point inspection any time a vehicle rolls through our doors. We try and inform rather than just tell you what needs to be replaced if anything. Most vehicles we see on a regular basis need far fewer items to keep them maintained because its done right from the start. We top off all fluids including the obscure ones that nobody thinks about like the differential fluid. We also go through and grease all applicable joints and make sure they're tight and working as they should. This is more common than hack dealerships. The issue is you go to wal-mart, jiffy lube or anywhere else and they are rarely this thurough. Then you bring it to a dealer and we find all kinds of things that the other shop missed. We just had free oil changes for moms on mothers day, vets on veterans day and we soon will for fathers as well. On events like these we see a lot of customers that aren't regulars and we always find issues with fluids not being maintained or excessive wear. Its not our fault, we just strive to provide you with the best service possible.
          Porsche4life
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John
          Where do you work I would love to work for your dealer/shop. I'm a great mechanic just not in the right place of work. I'm sure you understand what I'm saying.
          Anthony
          • 5 Months Ago
          @John

          VW charges 100.00 just to check why your check engine light is on?

      jtciti
      • 1 Year Ago
      they should recall anything not named grand cherokee or wrangler for ugliness
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this a work-around for Chrysler's refusal to do the other recalls? A way to save face? I.e., Will the other recalls be done at the same time as this one so Chrysler doesn't have to look like sissies?
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is an entirely different situation than the other recall. In the other recall, there has to be an extremely catastrophic event occuring before there is even a very remote possibility of the "problem" happening. There is no active defect and it met safety tests and standards of the time. A catastrophic event has to occur before there is any chance of issue. These others are active defects. They by design cause problems through normal use, and should therefore be fixed. The difference is in the case of the fuel tank, you have a part that will operate perfectly except under the remote possibility of extreme circumstances, and were designed properly to the criteria of the time. This is not an actionable item. With the faults that they are correcting, the parts will eventually fail through normal use through unforseen design flaws, and should be corrected by the manufacturer.
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        Agreed. I understand going after vehicles that are only a few years old or appear to have failed the safety standards set at the time of the production date. If it turns out 2012 Fusion's have ABS systems that fail to work in extreme cold or if a there was a batch of 2003 Civics made with faulty airbags, these are issues that are clearly violating the standards that the cars were supposed to have. However, going after a 1994 Grand Cherokee for failing to pass CURRENT standards is getting a bit ridiculous. This is like calling out VW Bus's for having "poor results" in the event of a front end collision. Would those fail current standards? Of course they would! But they weren't supposed to have passed them in the first place, so there's no reason to force the automaker to "fix" the problem. Nevermind that many of these deaths/injuries happen in incidents that are considered "extreme", I don't know enough about those incidents to form an opinion on whether or not a change in the vehicle's design would have any sort of impact on the outcome on those accidents. So yes, power steering fluid leaks that damage transmissions, faulty front airbags on vehicles made after 1998, these are things that the auto manufacturers and NHTSA are responsible for checking and ensuring their repair. But going after outdated designs that were at the time acceptable makes just about as much sense as calling out old carbureted sportscars for occasionally catching fire or Mk1 Golfs for not having much of a "crumple zone". It's just how it is, the NHTSA just needs to focus on what they're supposed to (like these recalls) and move on.
      owen brown
      • 1 Year Ago
      No wonder they didn't want to recall the 2.7million.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      So you have a defect found that fails to meet required standards, a fix is recommended, and Chrysler agrees and does the airbag sensor recall. You have another "defect" found where the vehicle met required safety standards, does not fail any current standards, has no recommended fix, and so Chrysler refuses to do the recall on the 2.7m vehicles. Sounds perfectly fine to me!
        leong
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        easy for you to say so since you don't have a 06 liberty and have to transport your 3 and 5 yr olds to school every day on the back seat.
          fuzzyfish6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @leong
          Probably should stop driving altogether. You're more likely to die in a regular car accident than to die due to fire from the "recall". Context.
          Farmboy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @leong
          If it's any reassurance, statistically, your safety is nearly guaranteed. And most situations involving the fuel tank issue involves extreme cases of accidents, like being plowed by a tractor-trailer, from accident reports. Maybe switching cars or considering a trade-in is on your mind though.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does this fix the problem of the side airbags going off for no reason? My neighbor had that happen backing out of his driveway last summer. Fractured his wrist and busted a bunch of stuff.
      jtav2002
      • 1 Year Ago
      Should have refused to recall the vehicles. Screw the customer.
      Farmboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least there is a solution known for this.
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