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Jeep Recall: Chrysler Recalls Thousands of Jeeps

Travelers Today       By    Lena Vazifdar

Updated: May 12, 2013 12:40 PM EDT

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Chrysler is recalling thousands of Jeeps.(Photo : Reuters)

About 469,00 Jeeps are being recalled by Chrysler around the world. 295,000 of those are in the United states, reported The New York Times. According to a report posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the Jeeps are being recalled because the transmission could shift itself from park to neutral. This has affected models of Jeep commanders from the years 2006 to 2010 and Grand Cherokees that were made in 2005 to 2010.

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Eric Mayne a spokesperson for Chrysler said to The New York Times that there have been 26 accidents and 2 injuries that have occurred related to the defect in the car.

"Chrysler said that last December it finished developing new software that it hoped would correct the problem. In March, it completed testing the fix but it wasn't until this month that the automaker concluded a recall was necessary," reported The New York Times.

The recall is voluntary but once a company is aware that there is a safety issue with its product it is mandatory that they tell the safety agency of its plan for ar ecall within 5 business days.

Reuters reported that this is Chrysler's biggest recall since more than 900,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Liberty SUVs were recalled in November because it had to fix a part that could cause airbags to deploy inadvertently.

"Chrysler, an affiliate of Italy's Fiat SpA (FIA.MI), also said it is recalling 532 2013-model-year Ram 1500 pickup trucks in the United States and Canada, a third of which remain in dealer inventories, to inspect and possibly replace windshield defrosting and defogging components," reported Reuters.

Reuters reported that it is recalling about 5,330 right hand drive 2008 to 2012 Jeep Wranglers in order to install dust shields and prevent dust buildup that could affect the operation of airbags.

"Chrysler, which emerged from a government-sponsored bankruptcy four years ago, last month reported a steep drop in quarterly profits due to an aggressive new-vehicle launch schedule, but said it was on track to meet its business targets, expecting a strong second half of 2013," reported Reuters.



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