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Fire Risks Prompts Chrysler Recall

| Oct 21, 2010

More than 26,000 Chrysler and Dodge vehicles are being recalled due to a faulty part that could cause a fire.

Chrysler announced the recall Wednesday on the 2010 Chrysler Sebring, 300, Charger (LX), Dodge Challenger (LC) Avenger (JS), Journey (JC), and 2011 Dodge Ram Light Duty pickup (DS), according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (PDF).

The defective part is a power-steering pressure hose, which can separate under pressure and leak power steering fluid onto the engine. If the engine is hot, the fluid could spark a fire, especially in a car accident .

The manufacturer has not reported any incidents or accidents associated with the faulty part. The issue was discovered at the Yokohama Hydex America testing facility in South Carolina when the pressure hoses separated at the crimped end of the assembly during multiple tests.

The open recall should begin by the end of October, according to a news article .

As a North Charleston personal injury attorney , I'm glad the South Carolina car testing lab discovered the problem before car owners experienced any danger. I urge owners of the recalled cars to deal with the problem as soon as possible. Oftentimes, vehicle recalls go unnoticed or ignored, as one in three cars of the roads have recalled parts or problems.

Chrysler said the power-steering pressure hose poses a serious safety risk. Owners should talk to Chrysler or their dealer immediately to fix the problem. Call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 or the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

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