Dodge Charger and Dodge Ram
Recently Chrysler recalled some of its 2013 Dodge Charger AWD and Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles that have ZF all-wheel drive 8HP45 transmissions because of the possibility of a fracture in the output shaft that could lead to loss of power and increase the potential for crashes.
Chrysler is also recalling some of the model year 2013 Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger, and 2014 Patriot and Jeep Compass vehicles with 2.4 liter engines. The recall stemmed from concern that abrasive debris in the balance shaft may cause the engine oil pressure to fall leading to a stalled or failed engine.
Another 2013 model year vehicle recalled by Chrysler is the Dodge Dart with a Mopar 13 trim package. In some of the automobiles, the front seat mounted side air bags may not have been installed correctly increasing the risk of injury as the air bags might fail to deploy in the event of a crash.
The company is also recalling 52 Dodge Darts from the 2013 model year to replace brake calipers that do not meet safety specifications.
Dodge Nitros and Jeep Liberty
The company has also issued a recall for over 78,000 Dodge Nitros (2007 and 2008 model years) and Jeep Liberty vehicles (model year 2008) for a tunnel shield defect that may cause the drive shaft to break. The problem will occur if the transfer case heat shield drops and abrades the drive shaft, weakening it, and increasing the chances of it breaking.
If this break does occur, it could hit the transfer case tunnel with sufficient force to cause the air bags to deploy. The drive shaft breakage may result in loss of power to the vehicle and the unnecessary deployment of air bags will also increase the possibility of a crash. This problem will be fixed by dealers with the addition of a supporting bracket to the rear of the heat shield.