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Chrysler recalls 25,000 Dodge, Jeeps over sticking gas pedals

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Chrysler recalls 25,000 Dodge, Jeeps over sticking gas pedals

BY JUSTIN HYDE

FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF

WASHINGTON – Chrysler said today it would recall 25,000 Dodge and Jeep vehicles to fix sticking gas pedals made by the same supplier involved in the much larger recall of Toyota vehicles for the same problem.

Chrysler told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that because the 25,263 2007 Dodge Calibers and 71 Jeep Compass models were equipped with brake-override software, it did not consider the problem a safety defect, but would conduct a voluntary recall anyway.

The automaker said the problem stemmed from a manufacturing defect at CTS that caused the bearing housing to be made too large, a problem CTS corrected in March 2006. Chrysler estimated that only 30% of the vehicles covered by the recall would actually have the problem.

Toyota cited sticking pedals from CTS as the problem behind the recall of 2.3 million vehicles earlier this year linked to reports of sudden acceleration. Toyota has said the pedals and unsecure floor mats were the only known reason for thousands of complaints, but NHTSA and two congressional committees are still probing the automaker’s response and researching whether its electronics were at fault.

NHTSA also has fined Toyota $16.4 million for delaying the pedal recall, saying it knew of the problem months before alerting federal officials.

Since the Toyota recalls of 5.6 million vehicles earlier this year and the increased attention by lawmakers on NHTSA, automakers have become more aggressive in launching voluntary recalls. NHTSA also has been more aggressive with defect probes; it had launched one into the Chrysler pedal problem in April based on five customer complaints.

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http://www.freep.com/article/20100604/BUSINESS01/100604037/1210/Chrysler-recalls-25K-Dodge-Jeeps-over-pedals

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