Chrysler recalling more than 260,000 vehicles worldwide

(AP MODIFIED) -  Chrysler is recalling about 30,000 small SUVs, 78,000 midsize SUVs, 9,300 trucks, 7,000 heavy duty pick-up trucks and roughly 139,000 sedans.

The small SUVs are being recalled because a faulty hose inside the gas tank can cause them to run out of fuel.

The recall affects Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass four-wheel-drive vehicles from the 2012 model year. If they run out of gas, the engines can stall.

Chrysler says it's aware of one crash but no injuries or fires due to the problem.

The company says the SUVs have saddle-style gas tanks that go around the rear drive shaft. Fuel is pumped from one side of the tank to the other through a hose. But Chrysler says some of the hoses weren't formed right in manufacturing, and they can stop the flow of gas.

Dealers will replace the hoses free of charge. Owners will be notified starting next month.

Chrysler is recalling the more than 78,000 midsize SUVs because the drive shafts can break.


The recall affects 2007 and 2008 Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro SUVs.

Chrysler says in documents filed with the government that a heat shield can drop and rub against the drive shaft, causing it to wear and break. If the shaft breaks, the SUVs will lose power and the side air bags may inflate. Chrysler says it doesn't know of any crashes or injuries from the problem.

Dealers will install a bracket to hold the shield in place at no cost to customers.

The recall affects 61,400 vehicles in the U.S., 13,700 in Mexico, 1,000 in Canada and 2,300 elsewhere.

Chrysler says it has received less than 40 complaints about broken drive shafts in the vehicles.

In addition to the SUV recall, Chrysler Group says it's recalling roughly 139,000 sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years because their air bag warning lights are illuminating for no reason.


Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger sedans made between April 2011 and December 2011 are involved in the recall.

Chrysler says no one has been injured as a result of the defect, which is caused by improper wiring. The company started investigating after getting customer complaints.

Chrysler says it will fix affected vehicles for free. It will also reimburse customers who have already paid for repairs.

The company will begin notifying owners about the recall this month.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall Tuesday.

Chrysler Group LLC will also recall approximately 7,000 model-year 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups to replace their engine covers. Chrysler Group reports that almost all of them are in dealers' hands.

Chrysler Group LLC will recall approximately 9,300 2013 Ram 1500 trucks to inspect their parking brakes and, if necessary, reset them according to specification.

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