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Chrysler recalls 60K vehicles for brake glitch

Dec 23, 2006 | AP

DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group said Friday it was recalling more than 60,000 vehicles to reprogram a brake system computer to avoid the loss of anti-lock brakes and traction control.

The recall involves 62,369 model year 2007 Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler 300, Jeep Commander, Jeep Compass, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Nitro, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Charger and Dodge Caliber vehicles.

The automaker said that in a small number of vehicles, the instrument panel warning lamps might illuminate and be followed by the loss of its Electronic Brake Distribution, anti-lock brake system, traction control and speedometer functions. That could lead to a loss of vehicle control.

 DaimlerChrysler said no accidents or injuries have been reported because of the computer problem.

The Jeep Compass and Dodge Caliber are assembled in Belvidere along with the Jeep Patriot.

The recall is the first for the new models at the Belvidere plant. The car they replaced, the old Dodge and Plymouth Neon subcompact, had eight recalls in its first three years of production for problems with the steering column, anti-lock brakes, power train, fuel line, engine wiring harness and airbag.

Owners are expected to be notified of the latest recall in February 2007. The automaker said owners who experience the warning lamp illumination should take their vehicle to a dealer for inspection.

In a separate action, the company said it was recalling more than 6,000 Chrysler Sebrings from the 2007 model year equipped with an automatic temperature control. The heating and cooling system computer will be reprogrammed to deal with potential prob-lems with windshield defrosting.

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