Chrysler Group is recalling over 220,000 Jeep Wranglers to fix a transmission issue as well as 409,000 units of Jeep Compass and Patriot around the world to fix a software glitch that could prevent airbags and seat belts from working in a crash. The first recall involves 220,000 Jeep Wranglers of model years 2012 and 2013 powered by 3.6-liter engines paired to automatic transmissions.
Jeep Wranglers built between Jan. 23, 2011, and Feb. 23, 2013, were discovered to contain a flaw that could cause the power steering line to rub on the transmission oil cooler line, resulting to a hole that can leak transmission fluid. The recall affects 180,131 Wranglers in the United States. The second recall involves all Compass and Patriot vehicles built from May 6, 2008, to July 20, 2012, as part of 2010-2012 model years.
It was discovered that the seat belt pretensioners and side curtain airbags in the concerned units may not deploy properly in a rollover accident. Of 409,000 affected vehicles, 254,396 are in the US.
Chrysler has already submitted both notices to the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In filings with NHTSA, Chrysler says it first discovered the Wrangler flaw during an in-house durability test in 2012, and the software glitch was first discovered by supplier TRW Global Electronics last year.
Chrysler recently refused a request from the NHTSA to recall around 2.7 million units of the 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty, arguing that the concerned vehicles were built in accordance to safety standards and are not more accident-prone than other vehicles of the time. [source: automotive news - sub. required]