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The Problem: Some fuel-tank transfer tubes were manufactured with a different material because Chrysler’s preferred material was briefly unavailable. The tubes aren’t as strong as intended and could deform in hot weather or at high altitudes, restricting fuel supply and potentially stalling the engine.
The Fix: Dealers will install new fuel-tank transfer tubes for free.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 30,000 2012 Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs, of which about 20,500 were sold in the U.S.
The Problem: A defective wiring harness for the seat-mounted side airbags could cause the airbag warning light to illuminate sporadically. Chrysler says it has no reports of injuries related to this problem.
The Fix: Chrysler will replace the electrical connectors for free.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 139,000 Dodge and Chrysler cars, of which about 119,000 are in the U.S.
The Problem: On rear-wheel-drive models, a heat shield can loosen over time and damage the driveshaft. Though Chrysler claims there are no injuries or accidents resulting from this problem, it was reported on as many as 40 vehicles.
The Fix: Dealers will install a bracket that holds the heat shield in place.
The Problem: Some pickup trucks were built with their parking brakes incorrectly configured. This means the brakes might not hold the trucks on inclines, although Chrysler says it hasn’t received any word of accidents or injuries from rollaway incidents.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the parking brakes and return them to factory specifications.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 9300 2013 Ram 1500 trucks, of which about 6600 are in the U.S.
2013 Ram 2500 and 3500
The Problem: Engine covers for the 6.7-liter turbodiesel engine are not as heat-resistant as engineers hoped. The problem was discovered during a routine quality check.
The Fix: Dealers will install a redesigned engine cover for free.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 7000 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks, of which fewer than 600 have been sold to customers so far.
The Problem: Certain Dart models built in a 24-hour period in November 2012 have brake calipers that don’t meet Chrysler’s specifications. The defective parts could prevent proper function of the car’s parking brake.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the brake calipers for free.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 52 2013 Dodge Dart sedans, of which 52 are in the U.S. and six are in Canada.