NHTSA Closes Investigations Into Ford and Chrysler Recalls image

The US safety regulators closed two probes into Ford and Chrysler’s vehicles which were recalled this year to fix glitches.

The NHTSA announced it has closed the investigations on Ford and Chrysler at the beginning of this month. At the end of 2011 the agency began investigating reports related to corrosion problems in 200,000 Ford Mercury Monterey and Freestar minivans, the 2004 through 2007 model years. In March Ford recalled 230,000 minivans globally to fix an issue which was preventing the fold-down, third-row seats from locking in place.

The other investigation was related to the recall of 115,000 Jeep Patriot SUVs, 2011 and 2012 model years, due to complaints saying that the engines would stall while running at high speeds. Chrysler discovered that this issue was only at a small group of vehicles that were fitted with a saddle type fuel tank made with malformed transfer tubes.

In April Chrysler recalled 30,000 Jeep Patriot and Compass SUVs, 2012 model year. Both Chrysler and Ford said that were no reported accidents or injuries related to these issues.
Source: Reuters