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The Jeep Wrangler is made for summer: rugged and fun to drive, it's great for a quick trip to the beach or a weekend in the mountains. It's also a popular ride for youngsters looking for something sporty to motor around town or off to college. It's unfortunate, then, that Chrysler has issued a recall for nearly 290,000 Wranglers just about the time many young people are receiving graduation rides, and folks of all ages are planning getaways for the coming months.
The recall affects Wranglers from the 2007 - 2010 model years*. At issue: the right and left front brake tubes, could be rubbing against the right and left front inner fender liners. In certain circumstances, that friction could result in damage to the brake tubes, which could result in a lost of brake fluid, which could lead to a loss of braking ability, which is most definitely not good.
Chrysler is preparing to notify owners and dealers of the problem now, and repairs are expected to begin this month. If you own a Wrangler and have questions in the meantime, you can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236.
*Technically, the release summary includes the 2006 model, too, although we think that's a typo; the Wrangler began using its new JK platform in MY 2007, and to have a problem like this spanning two platforms would be a little unusual.