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09/15/07
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Chrysler, Honda call back 482K vehicle  Two automakers on Friday announced vehicle recalls, including a Chrysler recall involving 300,000 SUVs and a Honda recall involving 182,000 Civics.
Chrysler LLC said it would recall nearly 300,000 sport utility vehicles to address potential braking problems while driving uphill.

The recall involves more than 156,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Commander SUVs from the 2006-2007 model years, more than 90,000 2007 Jeep Wrangler SUVs and nearly 50,000 2007 Dodge Nitro SUVs.

Chrysler spokesman Max Gates said the automaker had received about 20 complaints of vehicles experiencing a delay in braking when drivers tried to come to a stop after coasting uphill. To fix the problem, the computer connected to the antilock brake system will be reprogrammed.

There has been one crash tied to the issue and no injuries reported, Gates said. Owners will be notified by mail beginning later this month.

In a separate action, Chrysler recalled 72,333 Dodge Avenger sedans and Chrysler Sebring convertibles from the 2008 model year to address problems with the front door latches and locks.

No accidents or injuries have been reported and owners are expected to be notified of the recall next month. For more information, owners can contact Chrysler at (800) 853-1403.

Honda Motor Co. is recalling 182,756 Civics, the automaker's second-best selling U.S. model, to fix a wheel-bearing seal that may leak and cause the wheel to fall off.

The recall, covering 2006 and 2007 model-year Civic sedans and coupes, was reported on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site. The affected models were made from March 24, 2005, through Feb. 8, 2007, Honda said.

Water may be able to seep past an O-ring seal on the wheel bearing, damaging the bearing, Honda said on the NHTSA Web site. "This could cause a wheel to fall off of the vehicle, possibly resulting in a crash," Honda said.

Honda said it will notify owners by mail starting Sept. 17 and replace any damaged parts for free. No injuries or accidents have been reported, said Honda spokesman David Iida.

The automaker also is recalling 19,904 2006 model-year Civic sedans and hybrids to repair a brake-light switch that may fail. Honda said it will notify owners beginning Sept. 27.

Grease can build up on the steering column and allow oil to drip onto the switch, preventing the brake lights from illuminating and "potentially resulting in a crash," Honda said. The extra grease may also prevent drivers from shifting gears out of the "Park" position, Honda said. More at Detroit News

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