Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Chrysler recalls SUVs, Avengers, Sebrings

Chrysler is recalling nearly 300,000 SUVs because of reported braking problems while driving uphill. The recall includes more than 156,000 2006-2007 model year Jeep Grand Cherokees and Commanders, more than 90,000 2007 Jeep Wranglers and nearly 50,000 2007 Dodge Nitros. Max Gates, a company spokesman, said Chrysler had received about twenty complaints of drivers experiencing a delay in braking when they tried to stop their vehicles after coasting uphill. There has been one crash associated with the problem, but no injuries have been reported. Under the recall, Chrysler will reprogram the antilock brake system’s computer. Owners of vehicles affected will be notified by mail beginning later this month. Chrysler will also recall 72,333 of its 2008 Dodge Avenger sedans and Chrysler Sebring convertibles because of issues with the front door latches and locks. Gates said the company discovered the problems through its own internal monitoring program. No accidents or injuries have been reported and Chrysler will notify owners about what they need to do to obtain any necessary repairs next month.Owners of the recalled vehicles can get more information by calling Chrysler toll-free at (800) 853-1403.

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