Safety problems prompt Chrysler, Volvo recalls

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Posted: Oct 20, 2010 11:53 AM
Safety problems prompt Chrysler, Volvo recalls

Chrysler and Volvo are recalling a total of 36,000 vehicles to fix problems that could pose safety risks.

Chrysler's recall affects about 26,000 cars and pickup trucks that have power steering hoses that can develop leaks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website that steering fluid hoses can separate at the crimped end and leak fluid on the engine, potentially causing a fire.

Company spokesman Vince Muniga said Wednesday that Chrysler is not aware of any fires or injuries because of the problem, which was discovered by the company that supplies the hose to Chrysler.

The recall affects some 2010 models of the Chrysler 300 and Sebring, the Dodge Avenger, Charger, Challenger and Journey, and some 2011 Dodge Ram pickups.

Only vehicles built between June 24 and Aug. 30 are affected by the recall, and others do not have the problem, Muniga said. Chrysler will notify all owners of the affected cars and trucks sometime in October, he said.

"We know which vehicles. We'll send letters to owners letting them know that this is a voluntary safety recall and to bring them in and it'll be replaced at no cost," Muniga said.

Owners with questions can contact Chrysler at (800) 853-1403.

The Volvo recall affects nearly 10,000 vehicles to fix front air bag systems that may not deploy in a crash.

The recall includes certain S80 sedans and XC70 crossover vehicles from the 2010-2011 model year and model year 2010 V70 wagons.

The automaker said there could be a problem with a wiring connector in the air bag system that might prevent the front air bag from protecting the driver in a crash.

Volvo also said the vehicles will be fixed free of charge, and the recall is expected to begin in late October.

Owners may contact Volvo at (800) 458-1552.


Associated Press Writer Ken Thomas contributed to this report from Washington, D.C.