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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
PE09037

NHTSA Action Number: PE09037

Component: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Potential Number of Units Affected: 161450

Summary:
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.

Consequence:
FLUID COULD BOIL OVER AND MAY COME INTO CONTACT WITH A HOT ENGINE OR EXHAUST COMPONENT AND CAUSE A FIRE.

Remedy:

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.

Notes:
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
 
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