Ford and Chrysler Group recall vehicles due to defective brakes and pushpins

Posted on Sunday, 11 July 2010 , 21:07:13 byAlina

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Ford and Chrysler Group recall vehicles due to defective brakes and pushpins

Ford Motor and Chrysler Group LLC are recalling more than a combined 55,800 vehicles due to safety concerns, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA.

Ford is recalling approximately 33,728 of its Transit Connect small commercial vans manufactured from December 5, 2008 through May 31, 2010, over a potential safety issue concerning the retention pushpin located on the headliner above the B-pillar trim on both the left and right side of the vehicles. This recall is expected to begin on or about July 19, 2010.

The company says government testing found it failed to meet federal standards protecting the head.

"In the event of a vehicle crash, an occupant could be at increased risk of injury," the NHTSA said on Friday in a letter to Ford.

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2010 left hand drive Liberty, right and left hand drive Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Nitro and Ram 1500 truck vehicles, over potential defective brake tubes. The tubes could lead to the loss of brake fluid and reduced braking performance increasing the risk of a crash. According to reports, Chrysler is recalling 22,118 vehicles. This safety recall is expected to begin during August 2010 and the automaker said dealers will replace the brake tubes free of charge.

Chrysler is halting sales of the affected vehicles, made in April and May of this year (2010), until the problem covering up to 22,000 vehicles is fixed, the company said in a letter to regulators.