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Jeep Patriot and Compass, and small SUVs recalled for airbag and seatbelt problems

Two days after refusing a government request to recall 2.7 million older-model Jeeps,Chrysler has decided to do two other recalls totaling 630,000 vehicles worldwide.

Air bags can inflate while people are driving

DETROIT - Chrysler is recalling more than 919,000 older-model Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs worldwide because the air bags can inflate while people are driving them.

Chrysler has found a defect with certain 2010 Dodge Nitro, Dodge Ram 1500, Jeep Liberty and Jeep Wrangler models that could hinder braking. An improper flare on a brake tube that connects the master cylinder to the hydraulic control unit is being blamed for the problem. The HCU is part of the anti-lock braking system, and the faulty flare may leak and lead to a loss of brake fluid, which could lead to reduced braking performance and heighten the risk of a crash.

Recalled Chrysler PT Cruiser after the fatal crash – Click above to watch video after the jump

Chrysler has announced the recall of 186,099 model year 2007-09 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickup trucks equipped with the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine. The voluntary recall has been issued due to an engine defect that could cause the check engine light to come on. In some cases the engine can produce heavy soot that could damage the turbocharger, exhaust gas recirculation valve and diesel particulate filter, which are some very expensive components to repair in a modern, high-tech oi

Chrysler will be sending letters to owners of 2006 and 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokees, Commanders, and Wranglers, as well as 2007 Dodge Nitros. Those vehicles fall under the company's latest recall to fix a potential problem with their brakes.

The NHTSA says Ford, Volvo and Chrysler are recalling a total of about 300,600 vehicles.

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