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A pair of year-end recalls

by David Zatz on

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Clamps: Around 100,000 2015 Jeep Compass and Patriots are being recalled to inspect and, if needed, move a clamp that holds a low-pressure power steering hose in place. Some vehicles made during a five month period this year may have had the clamp placed incorrectly, which could eventually result in the sudden loss of power steering fluid. No injuries or accidents are known now; and if it fails, steering is not lost, but power steering is, so it can be very hard to move the steering wheel. Incidents mostly involve cars with low mileage, suggesting that the problem occurs quickly if at all.

Vanity mirror wiring may be placed incorrectly, even in previously recalled cars, because the service procedure may not have been followed properly. Around 476,000 2011-12 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos made before September 2, 2012, may be affected.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Only around 0.02% of the vehicles already recalled appear to be affected, and so far there have been no related injuries or accidents; the only cars affected have a “certain wiring package.” Wiring in the headliner will be secured with a new adhesive and protected from abrasive surfaces.

This problem has not yet been seen in cars not yet serviced, but FCA urged all customers who get recall notices to take them in. Recalls are free.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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