Chrysler is recalling about 638,000 of its vehicles due to pedal, brake, wheel or wiring problems that could lead to serious driver and passenger injuries and even death.
Brake tubes in 288,968 Jeep Wranglers with 2006-2010 model years could be worn down leading to a brake fluid leak that may prevent brakes from working properly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Additionally, concerns about faulty wires have prompted a recall of approximately 284,831 Dodge Grand Caravans and Chrysler Town & Country minivans with 2008-2009 model years. According to the NHTSA, worn wiring insulation could cause a short circuit and fire inside the minivans’ sliding doors.
About 25,336 Dodge Calibers and Jeep Compasses have also been recalled due to accelerator pedal problems, including certain 2007 model-year vehicles manufactured between March 7 and May 19, 2006, the NHTSA says.
The NHTSA initially began its investigation into Dodge Caliber accelerator pedal problems in May, after five reports that the pedals became stuck while cars were in motion, according to The Detroit News.
The NHTSA says the pedal problems are completely different from those that led to a recall of 2.3 million Toyotas (Stock Quote: TM) due to pedals sticking, The Detroit News reported.
Chrysler is also recalling 12,656 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger vehicles with rear-wheel drive that may have been built without a front wheel spindle nut, the NHTSA says.
The affected 2009 and 2010 model year cars are at an increased risk of tire and wheel separation which could cause a crash.
Dealers will inspect and repair all cars that may be subject to these recalls free of charge, according to the NHTSA.
Concerned owners who may be affected by any of these recalls can call the NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236 or visit safercar.gov for more information.