Wiring and brake issues that can pose a safety hazard are prompting Chrysler to recall nearly 600,000 Jeep Wranglers and minivans in the United States. Chrysler is also recalling another 100,000 motor vehicles abroad.
Included in the recall are 288,968 Jeep Wranglers (2006 – 2010 models) over a possible auto defect that can cause brake fluid to leak. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that partial brake loss can occur if the Jeep’s front inner fender liners rub against the brake fluid tubes and a leak happens. The automaker is also recalling 284,831 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans (2008 & 2009 models) over a wiring problem that can cause a fire to brake out inside the sliding doors. According to Chrysler Group LLC, there are to date no reports of injuries and car accidents related to these auto defects. However, it was just last week that Chrysler recalled 35,000 Dodge Calibers and 71 Jeep Compasses because of a possible sticky gas pedal problem similar to the issue that has affected millions of Toyota vehicles.
Washington DC Auto Products Liability
Our Washington DC auto products lawyers want to remind any victims and the families of those killed in car crashes caused by defective auto parts that you do have legal options that can allow you to pursue the maximum recovery possible from a liable automaker. Car manufacturers are entrusted with making motor vehicles that are safe for use and when they fail to fulfill this duty, serious injuries and deaths can result.
Examples of potentially dangerous auto defects:
• Sticky gas pedals
• Ill-fitting floor mats
• Brake problems
• Accelerator defects
• Roof crush
• SUV rollover
• 15-passenger van rollovers
• Engine defects
• Tire defects
• Door latch failure
• Seatbelt failures
• Seatback collapses
• Airbag defects
• Window defects
Chrysler recalls nearly 700,000 minivans and Jeeps, citing brake and wiring problems, Christian Science Monitor, June 7, 2010
Chrysler Recalls Dodge Caliber Over Sticky Pedals, MoneyNews, June 4, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Office of Defects Investigation, Safercar.gov
Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog