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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Chrysler Announces Vehicle Recalls

Braking and Door Lock Problems Revealed in 369,000 Vehicles

Auto manufacturer Chrysler LLC, who was recently taken private by Cerberus Capital Management in a $7.4-billion deal, announced it is recalling nearly 369,000 vehicles for brake system problems and door latch and lock glitches.

The 296,550 sport utility vehicles being recalled for the brake-related problem include Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Commander SUVs for the 2006 and 2007 model years, and the 2007 Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Nitro.

When the vehicles are driving uphill, a malfunction in an electronic control unit could cause a braking delay. Chrysler spokesman Max Gates said the automaker has received about 20 reports of such problems.

"It's a very rare occurrence," said Gates. "But we have had reports of drivers experiencing problems when they take their foot off the accelerator."

Gates said that a momentary loss of braking power for a second or two could be triggered when drivers in one of the affected vehicles stop accelerating up a hill.

Chrysler revealed that it was aware of one accident that might have been caused by the problem.

The automaker said that owners of the SUVs affected by the recall will be alerted soon, and repair work will be done at no cost.

Chrysler, who holds the fourth-largest U.S. sales ranking, is also recalling roughly 72,333 2008 Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger sedans due to a potential glitch with a cable connected to the vehicles' front door latches.

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