Chrysler, Ford recall SUVs, Jeeps, trucks and vans over safety concerns

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced recalls of four models of Chrysler sport utility vehicles and trucks, and of Ford Motor Co. Transit Connect vans.

The Chrysler recall is for a faulty brake tube that could lead to loss of brake fluid and reduced braking, the agency says. The 2010 year models affected are the left-hand drive Jeep Liberty, and the right- and left-hand drive Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Nitro SUV and Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck --22,118 vehicles in total.

Chrysler's recall is expected to start in August. Consumers may call the automaker at 800-853-7403. Dealerships will replace the brake tubes free.

Ford is recalling 33,728 Transit Connect vans made between Dec. 5, 2008 and May 31 to replace a pushpin that holds the roof liner above the driver's head. Testing found motorists could face increased risk of injury in a crash and government testers failed the vans for not meeting safety requirements for "occupant protection in interior impact."

Ford will notify owners starting July 19 and dealers will repair vans for free. Consumers may call Ford at 866-436-7332; the federal vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236; or visit www.safercar.gov.

Neither company has received reports of accidents or injuries in connection with these problems, the International Business Times is reporting.

Just last week Toyota announced a potential recall of some of its Lexus sedan models over faulty valve springs.

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