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Recall: 2011 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep vehicles - Potential steering column problems

Consumer Reports News: June 16, 2011 04:53 PM

Some 11,350 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles from the 2011 model year may have been built with a missing or incorrectly installed steering column pivot rivet. If this is the case, then the ability of the steering column to support the weight of occupants at the time of a front-end crash could be compromised. This would decrease the effectiveness of the frontal impact safety system, and therefore, increase the risk of injury in the event of a front-end crash.

The following vehicles are included in the recall:

  • Chrysler 200, 200 Convertible and Town & Country.
  • Dodge Avenger, Caliber, Grand Caravan, Journey, and Nitro.
  • Jeep Compass, Liberty, Patriot, and Wrangler.

Chrysler dealers will replace any missing rivots and align incorrectly installed ones. If necessary, dealers will also repair the steering column pivot.

The safety program is expected to begin this month. Owners of affected vehicles can call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. For more information owners can call National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 or visit safercar.gov.

Maggie Shader

   

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