Chrysler recalls more than 263,000 vehicles globally

Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:32am EDT
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DETROIT, April 10 (Reuters) - Chrysler Group LLC said it is recalling more than 263,0000 vehicles globally in six separate actions.

In the largest action, the No. 3 U.S. automaker, an affiliate of Italy's Fiat SpA , said it is recalling about 139,000 cars from model years 2011 and 2012 to correct improper warning-light illumination.

After customer complaints of intermittent airbag warning-lights going on, Chrysler found the seat-side airbag wiring harness terminal that did not meet specifications.

Chrysler said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the warning-light issue.

Affected cars include the Chrysler 300, and the Dodge Charger and Challenger - including about 119,000 in the United States, 7,000 in Canada, 880 in Mexico and 11,000 outside of North America.

- Some 78,500 older-model Chrysler 4-by-2 SUVs are being recalled to brace a heat shield that can loosen and come in contact with the driveshaft, causing possible breakage over time. Chrysler will install a bracket to hold the shield in place.

The recall follows fewer than 40 complaints of broken driveshafts on the 2007 and 2008 Dodge Nitro, Jeep Liberty and the Liberty's sister models sold outside the United States.

SUVs equipped with 4-by-4 drivelines are not affected.

About 61,400 SUVs in the United States, 1,000 in Canada, 13,700 in Mexico and 2,300 outside North America are affected.   Continued...