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Chrysler recalls 747,000 Jeep and Durango vehicles

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A Jeep Grand Cherokee at a dealership in Haverhill, Mass., on Oct. 1. Chrysler Group has issued safety recalls for the vehicle.
(Charles Krupa / Associated Press)

Chrysler Group has issued safety recalls for 747,000 vehicles because of problems associated with alternators and electric power mirrors.

The company is recalling 434,581 model year 2011 to 2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Challenger, Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with a 3.6-liter engine and a 160-amp alternator.

The alternators may suddenly fail in these vehicles, which could cause a potentially dangerous engine stall.

Chrysler also issued a recall for 313,326 model year 2011 to 2013 Jeep Wranglers over a wiring issue in power mirrors that might result in a fire.

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This is the second recent recall for Chrysler. Earlier this week the company issued safety recalls for 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs to fix a potential problem with the airbag safety system.

The recall covers 184,215 vehicles globally, including 126,772 in the U.S.

An electronic unit in the vehicles – the occupant restraint control module – can develop a short-circuit. That may cause restraint systems such as the airbags and seat-belt pretensioners to shut off and airbag warning lamps to illuminate on the dashboard.

These recalls push the total number of such safety announcements deep into record territory. Already this year automakers have issued more than 50 million vehicle recalls, far more than in any previous year.

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