You never want anything on your car to fail but the two main things you don't want going haywire are the brakes and the steering. That's what makes the news that Chrysler is recalling more than 11,000 cars, minivans and other types of vehicles because their steering could fail very disturbing.
The company has told federal safety regulators that it doesn't know of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that a missing or incorrectly installed rivet in the recalled Chrysler vehicles could cause a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall includes the 2011 Chrysler 200 and Town and Country; the Dodge Avenger, Caliber, Caravan, Journey and Nitro; and the Jeep Compass, Liberty, Patriot and Wrangler. The 11 models were built from mid-April to early May.
Dealers will check to make sure the rivet was installed correctly and make repairs free of charge. The company plans to begin notifying dealers and owners in July. Owners can contact Chrysler at (800) 853-1403.
For now, Chrysler has taken the right step in recalling these vehicles and hopefully, preventing further fatal accidents associated with the steering. As a Virginia personal injury attorney I have seen first hand the suffering of families when their loved ones are injured from a defective product.