Chrysler Group LLC said on Thursday that it will recall 630,000 Jeep vehicles from model years 2010 to 2013, most of them because of a problem with the airbag and some due to the potential of leaking transmission fluid.
According to the U.S. based automaker, 409,200 Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot vehicles from 2010 to 2012 will be recalled because of a software error that can delay the airbag deployment. In addition 221,100 Jeep Wrangler vehicles from 2012 and 2013, vehicles equipped with the 3.6-liter engine will be recalled by the automaker because of a possible leaking of transmission fluid.
The announcement comes after Chrysler Group LLC rejected last week a recall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in which the agency asked the automaker to recall 2.7 million Jeep vehicles that can catch fire when the SUVs are hit from behind.
According to the federals, the plastic gas tanks in the 1993-2004 Grand Cherokees and 2002-07 Libertys can be punctured and can catch fire when the SUVs are hit from behind.
But in a rare move, the automaker says these vehicles are safe and does not intend to recall any of them.
“We believe NHTSA’s initial conclusions are based on an incomplete analysis of the underlying data, and we are committed to continue working with the agency to resolve this disagreement.”