Jeep, Toyota recall some models

New York TimesNovember 8, 2013 

Chrysler is recalling almost 94,000 of its 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees in the United States because of electronic problems that could disable two safety systems, the automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a report posted Friday on the safety agency’s website.

In addition, Toyota said it was recalling about 3,800 Tacoma pickups from the 2013-14 model years because their 4-cylinder engines could be damaged and possibly stop running.

In the Chrysler report, which was dated Oct. 1, the automaker said a software problem with the anti-lock braking module could disable the anti-lock braking and electronic stability-control systems. In addition, the issue could cause the “illumination of multiple warning lights” and a loss of lighting for the instrument cluster.

Chrysler said that it had begun an investigation in April after receiving complaints from owners and that it was unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem.

Toyota said it was recalling the Tacomas because the valve springs of the 2.7-liter engine “might have corrosive pitting” because of improper maintenance of manufacturing equipment by a Japanese supplier.

The pitting could cause the valve spring to break, which Toyota said could cause “rough engine performance.” In some cases, the company said, the engine might suddenly fail.

Toyota told the agency that it learned of the problem during the summer after a valve spring broke on a vehicle in Japan.

Chrysler and Toyota described their recalls as voluntary, though once a manufacturer is aware of a safety problem, it is required to inform NHTSA within five business days of its plan for a recall.

In another action, the agency is investigating whether there is a problem with a loss of exterior lighting on about 61,000 Volkswagen Tiguans from the 2009-11 model years, according to a report posted Friday on the NHTSA website.

The agency said it had received 26 complaints from owners about a loss of headlights, brake lights and turn signals because of a heat-damaged electrical fuse.

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