Chrysler recalls 467,000 Jeep, Durango SUVS to repair fuel pump

Chrysler recalls 467,480 SUVs to repair a fuel pump relay that may cause vehicles to stall or not start

Chrysler Group has issued a recall for an estimated 467,480 SUVs globally to repair a problematic fuel pump relay that may cause the vehicles to stall or not start.

The recall covers model-year 2012 and 2013 Dodge Durango SUVs and 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs equipped with 3.0-liter diesel engines in countries that are not part of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The recall comes after Chrysler engineers determined that a problem with the pump relays in 2011 model-year vehicles may also extend to more recent models, Chrysler said in a statement.

Chrysler recalled 230,760 SUVs in September 2014 after tracing a pattern of repairs to fuel pump relays that are susceptible to deformation.

Chrysler said the company is unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the fuel pump issue.

"We are doing this voluntarily out of an abundance of caution," Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said.

The fuel pump relay is located inside a larger module that also manages other vehicle functions, including airbag deployment. None of those other functions are affected by the fuel pump relay issue, Chrysler said.

The new campaign affects an estimated 338,216 vehicles in the U.S., 18,991 in Canada, 10,829 in Mexico and 99,444 outside the NAFTA region, the company said.

Chrysler said it will advise affected customers when they may schedule service to install a new relay circuit, which will be done for free.

Automakers recalled a record 63.9 million vehicles in the U.S. last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a report earlier this month.

The tally was nearly three times the number recalled in 2013 and more than double the previous record, set in 2004.

Staff writer Jerry Hirsch contributed to this report.

Follow @jpanzar 

ALSO:

The top 10 worst names for cars

A step-by-step guide to help you get the best deal on a new car

Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times
74°