Chrysler is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model year Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs over concerns about potentially faulty fuel tank valves.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 1,689. Affected Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs were manufactured from December 17, 2011 through January 2, 2012.
2012 Jeep Patriot
The NHTSA bulletin says that some vehicles may have been built with fuel tank assembly that contained a roll-over valve that may have been damaged during the assembly process. In the event of an impact or a rollover, fuel could leak from the tank, increasing fire risk.
Documentation from Chrysler (PDF) indicates that the automaker received notification from the component supplier on January 4, 2012 that some fuel tank roll-over valves (ROVs) may have been damaged during a leak test. It was determined that the leak test equipment caused the damage to the roll-over tank valves and began with tanks built on or after December 17, 2011.
Chrysler said that it is not aware of any accidents, injuries, fuel leaks or fires related to this condition.
What Chrysler will do
Chrysler will notify owners of 2012 model year Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs involved in the recall and dealers will replace the fuel tank at no charge. The Chrysler safety recall is expected to begin during June 2012.
In the meantime, owners of 2012 Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs with any questions or concerns may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Reference the Chrysler safety recall campaign number M11.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V142000.