November 13, 2009, 2:00 pm
Chrysler Is Recalling Jeeps for Transmission Issue
Chrysler is recalling about 161,000 Jeeps because their automatic transmissions were assembled without a system to warn if the fluid is overheating.
The automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it is recalling 2007-8 Wranglers to install the warning system.
“Operating a vehicle under rigorous off-road conditions will cause the vehicle’s transmission fluid temperature to elevate,” Chrysler said. “Continuous operation under such rigorous conditions may lead to a transmission failure.”
Here are some other safety actions taken by the agency:
• Chrysler is recalling almost 85,000 2007 Dodge Nitros because the windshield wipers may stop working
Make: JEEP Model: WRANGLER
Model Year: 2007
Manufacturer: CHRYSLER LLC Mfr's Report Date: NOV 03, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V436000
NHTSA Action Number: PE09037
Component: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Potential Number of Units Affected: 161450
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007 THROUGH 2008 JEEP WRANGLER MANUFACTURE BETWEEN JUNE 2006 THROUGH JULY 2008 PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. THESE VEHICLES WERE NOT EQUIPPED WITH A TRANSMISSION FLUID TEMPERATURE WARNING SYSTEM.
FLUID COULD BOIL OVER AND MAY COME INTO CONTACT WITH A HOT ENGINE OR EXHAUST COMPONENT AND CAUSE A FIRE.
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND INSTALL A "HOTOIL" MESSAGE IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER AND A CHIME INDICATING AN ELEVATED TRANSMISSION FLUID CONDITION. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING DECEMBER 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-835-1403.
CHRYSLER RECALL NO. J30. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV
LINK: Chrysler Is Recalling Jeeps for Transmission Issue - Wheels Blog - NYTimes.com