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Chrysler Recalls 900,000 Cars for Engine, Wiring Issues

Oct. 16, 2014
Dodge Challenger, Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee models are being recalled for issues that can result in stalled engines and short-circuits.

NEW YORK – Chrysler recalled more than 900,000 vehicles for safety issues on Thursday, including for an alternator problem that can cause engines to stall.

Chrysler, the third biggest U.S. automaker and part of Fiat Chrysler, said it will recall about 470,000 vehicles with 3.6 liter V-6 engines to address the alternator problem.

About 90% of the cars in this recall are in the United States and the vehicles affected include the 2011-14 Dodge Challenger, Durango and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The recall follows a safety investigation into complaints received by the National Highway Safety Administration, an agency official said.

"Because of a defect investigation we opened in July, nearly half a million owners of Chrysler cars and trucks will get their vehicles fixed to address a safety defect that causes engine stalls," NHTSA deputy administrator David Friedman said.

A Chrysler spokesman said the firm was aware of one accident that may have been related to the alternator problem.

The second recall affecting the remaining 440,000 vehicles involves a problem with wiring that could trigger a short-circuit. About 70% of the affected vehicles are in the U.S.

Chrysler said there were no known injuries or accidents due to the problem.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2014

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