Chrysler Recalls Chrysler 300; Dodge Challenger, Charger, Durango; Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler

October 16, 2014

Earlier today, Chrysler issued two unrelated recalls affecting late-model Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles. Taken together, the recalls affect more than 900,000 owners worldwide.

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RECALL #1: 2011-2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee
UNITS AFFECTED: 434,581 registered in the U.S. 16,080 registered in Canada, 2,335 registered in Mexico, and 17,000 elsewhere

This recall affects only those vehicles equipped with 3.6-liter engines and 160 amp alternators. Chrysler says that in some of those vehicles, the alternator may fail without warning. Should that happen, the vehicle could suddenly shut down, and in a worst-case scenario, a fire could break out.

Chrysler hasn't formulated a fix for these vehicles, so there's no timeline yet for the recall. However, the automaker also said that it knows of no fires or injuries linked to the problem, though one "incident" has been reported. Stay tuned.

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RECALL #2: 2011-2013 Jeep Wrangler 
UNITS AFFECTED: 313,236 registered in the U.S., 39,627 registered in Canada, 5,685 registered in Mexico, and 78,369 elsewhere

This recall is the result of a Canadian investigation that took place after three Wrangler owners reported damaged electrical connectors associated with the Wrangler's exterior heated power mirror. That probe revealed that dust in the connector may cause a short circuit.

Chrysler hasn't yet published a timeline for this recall either, though the company notes that it has received no complaints about crashes or injuries linked to the problem.

We'll keep you posted about both of these recalls as details become available.

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