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Chrysler recalls 26,000 vehicles over power steering hose

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler is recalling 19,000 2010 Chrysler Sebrings, Chrysler 300s, Dodge Chargers, Dodge Challengers, Dodge Avengers and Dodge Journeys because of a potentially defective power steering hose assembly. The recall also includes about 7,000 2011 Ram light-duty pickups. While no incidents or accidents have been reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler says the defect could allow power steering fluid to leak, presenting a fire hazard.

The defect, a separation at the crimped end of the hose, was discovered during testing by YH America South Carolina LLC, the supplier of the part. Two pressure-induced hose separations were discovered during the testing. A change in material and a design change are cited as the cause.

The affected Chrysler and Dodge vehicles were produced over a one-month period ending in late August when Chrysler stopped using the hoses. The Ram trucks were built over a two-month period ending about the same time. Chrysler will be notifying owners of vehicles included in the recalls later this month and will replace the hoses if necessary.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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