Both Mazda and Chrysler have ordered recalls on some of their vehicles! If you own either, make sure you read this!
Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 11,351 cars, minivans and other models because a manufacturing problem can cause the steering to fail.
Chrysler told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem. The recall affects 11 of the 20 models Chrysler has on sale for the 2011 model year.
NHTSA said on its website Thursday that a missing or incorrectly installed rivet could cause a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
Recalled vehicles include the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan and convertible and Town and Country minivan; the Dodge Avenger midsize sedan, Caliber compact car, Caravan minivan, Journey crossover vehicle and Nitro SUV; and the Jeep Compass wagon and Patriot, Liberty and Wrangler SUVs.
The vehicles were built from mid-April to the middle of May.
Dealers will check to make sure the rivet was installed correctly and make repairs free of charge. The company plans to begin notifying dealers and owners in July, according to the documents.
Chrysler began investigating after it discovered that a steering column rivet was missing in some of the vehicles. The company inspected 14,000 steering columns and found seven with missing or misaligned rivets.
The problem was traced to the improper identification of rejected components by new employees on one shift at a factory near Toledo, Ohio, according to documents filed with NHTSA.
There are no known customer complaints about the problem, the documents said.
Canadian vehicle owners who have questions can call Chrysler at (800) 465-2001.
And, as for Mazda…..
Mazda Motor Corp said on Wednesday it would recall about 494,500 Mazda3/Axela compact cars globally to fix a glitch in an electronic part that could prevent the windshield wipers from working.
No accident was reported from the defect, a Mazda spokeswoman said. The recall covers cars and knock-down parts for the Mazda3 shipped between January 2008 and July 2010. The Japanese automaker declined to disclose a cost estimate for the recall.
Of the total, 157,700 units are subject to recall in North America, 91,600 in Europe, 84,000 in China and about 20,000 in Japan.
Is it just me, or are there a LOT of recalls these days? Was it always like this, but we just didn’t notice as much?