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by Tim Beissmann

Chrysler Group is recalling more than 570,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles in the US for possible defects in the brake line and wiring of selected SUVs and people-movers.

A total of 288,968 Jeep Wranglers from 2001 to 2010 have been recalled to repair liners inside the right-front and left-rear fenders which can touch and lead to wear that may cause fluid to leak.

“A brake fluid leak can cause partial loss of service brakes at the affected wheel, increasing the risk of a crash,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement.

Chrysler said it was not aware of injuries or accidents caused by the leak but is recalling the vehicles to “inspect and remove potential areas of liner contact with the brake line”, according to a spokesman.

The company is also recalling 284,831 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country people-movers from 2008 and 2009 after discovering that a sliding-door hinge can wear through wire insulation, potentially causing a short circuit and fire.

Chrysler Group Australia’s Jerry Stamoulis told CarAdvice that the local branch was currently working with head office to determine whether any vehicles sold in Australia were affected by the defects.

He confirmed that the Jeep Wrangler and the Chrysler Grand Voyager were the two Australian models potentially affected.

Mr Stamoulis said owners would be notified within two days if a local recall was deemed the necessary action.

(with Bloomberg)




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