Hose problem forces Chrysler recall


News outlets are reporting that Chrysler is calling roughly 26,000 cars and pickup
trucks in the United States because power steering fluid can leak onto a hot engine and cause a fire.

There is no information about if or how many Canadian Chrysler vehicles would be affected by the recall.

Company spokesman Vince Muniga told the Associated Press Wednesday that Chrysler is not aware of any fires or injuries because of the problem, which was discovered by the company that supplies the hose to Chrysler.

The recall affects some 2010 models of the Chrysler 300 and Sebring, the Dodge Avenger, Charger, Challenger and Journey, and some 2011 Dodge Ram pickups.

Only vehicles built between June 24 and Aug. 30 are affected by the recall, and others do not have the problem, Muniga said. Chrysler will notify all owners of the affected cars and trucks sometime in October, he said.

The defect, according to the NHTSA, is that a power steering hose assembly can
separate at the “crimped end and leak fluid onto the engine.”

Chrysler Group LLC has said owners with vehicles affected by the recall can bring their vehicles to dealers where the vehicle will be inspected and the hose replaced for free.

- With files from The Associated Press