By Jennifer Geiger on May 13, 2013
Chrysler has issued three separate recalls for 301,283 Jeep and Ram brand vehicles to address electrical, airbag and coolant issues, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The first affects 295,345 model-year 2005-10 Jeep Grand Cherokee (models manufactured from Feb. 11, 2004, through March 9, 2010) and 2006-10 Jeep Commander vehicles (models manufactured Jan. 31, 2005, through March 10, 2010). A transfer case electrical failure could make it possible to unintentionally shift the vehicle into Neutral, and the car could roll away. The automaker initiated an investigation after a customer reported that a 2007 Grand Cherokee rolled away after it was remotely started, Chrysler said in a statement. The automaker will notify affected owners starting in June and dealers will install a software update for free.
Jeep is also recalling 5,440 right-drive versions of model-year 2008-12 Wranglers to fix an airbag problem, NHTSA reports. The affected vehicles were manufactured Feb. 1, 2007, through Oct. 10, 2011, and have a broken electrical circuit in the driver-side frontal airbag, likely caused by excess dust. This could lead to non-deployment in a crash. Chrysler said the affected vehicles are primarily mail delivery cars, and it will notify affected owners starting in May; dealers will replace the affected airbag components and install a steering wheel dust shield for free.
Chrysler's truck brand is recalling 498 model-year 2013 Ram 1500 vehicles manufactured June 25 through Dec. 12, 2012, to address a coolant problem. In these vehicles, the coolant bypass valve may stick and not allow coolant to flow properly. This could limit the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will start notifying owners in June, and dealers will replace the coolant valve for free.
You can check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb. Owners can also call Chrysler at 800-247-9753 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer