Chrysler has extended the warranty on the 2007 Jeep Compass and Patriot, as well as the Dodge Caliber, for a problem with rusting crossmembers. In those vehicles, some structural crossmembers are prone to rust, resulting in a steering wheel vibration.
Affected vehicles may fail state inspections because of rust-related body issues. The problem is primarily in the salt-belt-states and Canada.
On affected vehicles, dealers will inspect both the front and rear crossmembers. If they are found to be perforated from rust, they will be replaced. Warranties will be extended to 10 years from the original in-service date and to unlimited mileage for rusted crossmembers.
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This recall is being managed by VIN (vehicle Identification Number). The best way to determine vehicle eligibility is to call local dealers with VIN numbers so they can run a database search of the vehicle to determine if it is involved in this action from Chrysler.
For more information, or answers to questions, call Chrysler Customer Service at 800-247-9763 or call the NHTSA 888-327-4236, reference Chrysler action # 23-012-14.
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