Chrysler delay’s 2014 Jeep Cherokee media preview

Chrysler delay's 2014 Jeep Cherokee media preview

Chrysler has told The Detroit Free Press that it’s delaying the media’s preview of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee because of electronic issues controlling the engine and nine-speed transmission.

The automaker said in a statement that during the final weeks of testing, the company has discovered an opportunity to further improve the power train calibration of the Cherokee.

Though Chrysler is delaying the media preview, the company added that they will still plan on shipping the 2014 Cherokees to dealers by September.

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Chrysler to extend production dates of Wrangler, Grand Caravan and Avenger

Chrysler to extend production dates of Wrangler, Grand Caravan and Avenger

Multiple news sources online are reporting that the Chrysler group plans to extend the production of the Dodge Avenger, Dodge Grand Caravan and the Jeep Wrangler.

According to Auto News, the Avenger will continue through 2015, a year longer than originally planned; the Grand Caravan would be produced through 2017, two years longer; and the Wrangler would be produced through 2018.

It was also reported that Jeep brand head Mike Manley said a new optional diesel engine would be available for the Wrangler, and a pickup version would wait until additional capacity could be found.

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Chrysler recalls 2013 Ram pickup trucks, 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Chrysler recalls 2013 Ram pickup trucks, 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Though Chrysler had announced recalls on the 2013 Ram and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, no accidents, injuries or deaths related to the affected vehicles have been reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


From Chrysler:

SUMMARY:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 1500 4×4 trucks manufactured June 26, 2012, through February 5, 2013. Due to a software issue with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) module, the ESC system may be disabled when the vehicle is started.

CONSEQUENCE:
A disabled ESC system may result in loss of directional control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the ESC module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N37.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2014, non-SRT trimmed, Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 14, 2013, through March 20, 2013 equipped with premium headlamps. In the affected vehicles, when switching between daytime running lights and parking lights, electrical spikes may cause the parking lamps to turn off. Without properly functioning parking lamps these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, “Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.”

CONSEQUENCE:
Without parking lamps, the vehicle may not be as visible to other vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the Central Body Controller software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N42.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 4500 and 5500 trucks manufactured January 22, 2013, through March 8, 2013. An incorrect bolt may have been used to attach the track bar to the frame.

CONSEQUENCE:
The incorrect attaching bolt may break or fall out, resulting in the vehicle suddenly pulling to one side, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the track bar fasteners, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N41.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Chrysler Group and NHTSA Resolve Recall Request

Chrysler Group and NHTSA Resolve Recall Request

From Chrysler:

Chrysler Group LLC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have resolved their differences with respect to NHTSA’s request to recall 1993-2004 Jeep® Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty vehicles.

As a result of the agreement, Chrysler Group will conduct a voluntary campaign with respect to the vehicles in question that, in addition to a visual inspection of the vehicle will, if necessary, provide an upgrade to the rear structure of the vehicle to better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts.

Chrysler Group’s analysis of the data confirms that these vehicles are not defective and are among the safest in the peer group. Nonetheless, Chrysler Group recognizes that this matter has raised concerns for its customers and wants to take further steps, in coordination with NHTSA, to provide additional measures to supplement the safety of its vehicles.

Chrysler Group regards safety as a paramount concern and does not compromise on the safety of our customers and their families.

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Blown 392 Chrysler Hemi start-up

Blown 392 Chrysler Hemi start-up

This blown 392 Chrysler Hemi is equipped with ported heads, roller cam, adjustable rockers, Donovan valve covers and much more!

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Chrysler: Mopar ’13 Dart – The Stylish Sedan With Bad-Boy Attitude

Mopar '13 Dart - The Stylish Sedan With Bad-Boy Attitude

From Chrysler:

Every Dodge Dart leaves the Belvidere, Ill., factory with attitude, but only 500 will reach dealers with Mopar attitude right off the truck. Dealers are taking orders now for the limited-edition 2013 Mopar ’13 Dart, which carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $25,485 (plus $995 shipping).

The Mopar ’13 Dart arrives this summer. Each wears a signature Pitch Black exterior with offset Mopar blue racing stripe running from nose to tail. That’s a color scheme similar to previous Mopar editions of the Dodge Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300.

Inside, the seats are covered in Katzkin leather. The driver’s seat is Mopar blue with black accents while the rest of the seats are black with blue accents. The steering wheel and shift knob get black leather coverings with blue stitching. Black is the dominant theme throughout the rest of the cabin, with Mopar blue lighting accenting the instrument panel.

Power for the Mopar ’13 Dart comes from the MultiAir turbocharged and intercooled 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 160 hp at 5,500 rpm and 184 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The car announces its arrival with a Mopar sport-tuned exhaust.

Ride height of the Mopar ’13 Dart is 7 millimeters lower than the base Dart and that low and mean look is accented with a Mopar ground effects kit – chin spoiler, deck-lid spoiler, and rear diffuser – and low-profile 225/40R18 tires mounted on gloss-black 18-inch wheels. The Mopar ’13 Dart also gets premium disc brakes with slotted rotors and a revised calibration for the power steering.

Additional features on the Mopar ’13 Dart include an 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, wireless charging for smartphones, bright sport-pedal kit, door-sill guards and premium Mopar floor mats.

Each Mopar ’13 Dart will be delivered with a personalized owner kit in a custom-made black case. The kit includes a personalized plate with vehicle specifications, unique identification number and production date; a limited-edition sketch of the car signed by Mark Trostle, Chrysler Group Chief Designer for the Mopar Brand; a copy of the Mopar ’13 Dart brochure and other memorabilia.

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Chrysler recalls 486,700 of these units for roll away risk

Chrysler has issued a recall for 486,700 of the 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2006-2010 of the Jeep Commander.

Below are the official details from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Report Receipt Date: MAY 07, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V175000

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, POWER TRAIN
Vehicle Model Year(s) Make Model: 2006-2010 JEEP COMMANDER, 2005-2010 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured February 11, 2004, through March 9, 2010; and 2006-2010 Jeep Commander vehicles manufactured January 31, 2005, through March 10, 2010. A transfer case electrical failure may result in an unintentional shifting of the transfer case into the neutral position.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the vehicle shifts into neutral, it may roll away increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reflash the final drive controller which governs the transfer case, with new software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N23.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Chrysler Group engineer Martin Morse killed in 2013 SRT Viper accident

Torque News reports that Chrysler Group engineer Martin Morse was killed in a car accident while driving a 2013 SRT Viper April 15 on US 23 in Hartland, Michigan.

As far as anyone knows, this was the first accident of the 2013 super car on public roads.

Michigan State Police said in the story that Morse turned from Michigan 59 to the on-ramp that leads onto US 23 and came to a full stop for several minutes before launching hard as he entered the highway. He then lost control of the Viper as he merged onto 23, sending the car skidding across the driving lanes and into the median. Morse struck a metal cable in the median.

Torque News said it hasn’t been announced if there had been and mechanical issues with the 2013 Viper that would have cause Morse to lose control, but rainy weather and cold temperatures may have contributed to the accident.

Recalls issued for several Chrysler vehicles

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From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

RECALL Subject : Seat Airbag Wiring Harness

Report Receipt Date: APR 03, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V118000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 119,497
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC
SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured April 11, 2011, through December 14, 2011. The affected vehicles may have improperly sized terminal crimps on the seat side-airbag wiring harness which may cause the seat side-airbags to malfunction and illuminate the airbag warning light.
CONSEQUENCE:
In the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment the airbags may not operate as designed, increasing the risk of injury.
REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace both driver and passenger seat airbag wiring harnesses, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during April 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N07.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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RECALL Subject : Drive Shaft Failure may cause Airbag Deployment

Report Receipt Date: APR 03, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V121000
Component(s): AIR BAGS , POWER TRAIN , STRUCTURE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 61,409
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC
SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Dodge Nitro 4X2 vehicles manufactured March 21, 2006, through March 1, 2008; and 2008 Jeep Liberty 4X2 vehicles manufactured February 15, 2007, through March 1, 2008. The transfer case heat shield may drop down and rub on the drive shaft, weakening it and potentially causing the drive shaft to break.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the drive shaft breaks, a section of it can strike the transfer case tunnel with enough force that the airbag computer will believe the vehicle is in a crash and thus deploy the airbags. Additionally, the drive shaft failure will result in a loss of motive power. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will add a bracket to support the rear of the heat shield, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during May 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N10.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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RECALL Subject : Fuel Tank Transfer Tube may cause Stall , 1 INVESTIGATION(S)

Report Receipt Date: APR 03, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V120000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 20,532
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC
SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2012 Jeep Patriot and Compass vehicles manufactured October 18, 2011, through May 7, 2012. Due to an incorrectly manufactured transfer tube, the transfer of fuel from the secondary side to the primary side of the fuel tank may be interrupted, causing the engine to stall.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the engine stalls while driving it may increase the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank transfer tube free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during May 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N17.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

1941 Indy pace car, Chrysler Newport, goes to auction April 27

1941 Chrysler Newport

Hemmings Daily reports that a 1941 Chrysler Newport used to pace the 1941 Indianapolis 500 race will be going to the auction block for the third time in give years.

Hemmings says it sports flowing front and rear fenders, a cloth top and a rear cowl that can be adjusted with an electric motor. It’s believed that only five were ever built.

The classic pace car is expected to fetch between $900,000 and $1.2 million, and the auction will take place April 27 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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