Chrysler Recalls more than 600,000 Jeep SUVs

Defective Motor Vehicles

Just days after a defiant Chrysler refused a request by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall about 2.7 million Jeeps over a potential fire risk, the automaker announced on Thursday that it is recalling about 630,000 Jeep models due to transmission and passenger-restraint problems.

Chrysler is recalling 254,000 Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs from model years 2010, 2011 and 2012 sold in the United States due to a software error that can delay the deployment of some air bags and seat belt pre-tensioners. Chrysler is also recalling 181,000 Jeep Wranglers from model years 2012 and 2013 because of a transmission cooler line that wear prematurely and leak. Chrysler recalled an additional 195,000 SUVs sold outside of the United States.

The recall of these defective vehicles came on the heels of Chrysler’s refusal to recall nearly 3 million older-model Jeep SUVs that the NHTSA says pose a fuel-tank fire risk. Specifically, the NHTSA is concerned with Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 1993-2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002-2007; according to the NHTSA, design flaws on these vehicles create a risk of fuel-tank fires in the event of rear-end collisions.