Chrysler is recalling nearly 435,000 Jeeps to
repair problems with leaking transmission fluid or delayed deployment
of airbags, US safety regulators said Thursday.
The move comes just two days after the carmaker refused to cooperate with a request by US transportation safety officials to recall 2.7 million Jeep sport utility vehicles due to reports of fires after rear-impact crashes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the new recall affects 180,000 Jeep Wranglers (2012-13) that might have problems with leaking transmission fluid and 254,000 Jeep Compass and Patriots (2010-12) that may have a software error in the airbag system.
On Tuesday, Sergio Marchionne, head of both Chrysler and Fiat, defended the safety of the 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys and, in a rare move, refused to recall them after the NHTSA proposed a voluntary recall.
"The safety of drivers and passengers has long been the first priority for Chrysler brands and that commitment remains steadfast," Marchionne said.
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