After Toyota’s unintended acceleration situation, recalls by all automakers are way more hyped than they should be. So when Chrysler this week announced recalls affecting about 700,000 vehicles, news outlets and blogs loudly proclaimed the numbers and detailed the potential problems.
The thing is, there are zero – none, nada – reports of any actual accidents, problems, crashes, or injuries as a result of the recalled systems.
I happen to think most of these recalls are the result of over-wary lawyers and scared PR departments. Regardless, here’s a quick rundown of the recalls:
Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan: 318,974 model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles may contain an improperly routed wire harness that can come into contact with sliding-door hinges. That could cut through the insulation and in rare cases cause a fire inside the door.
Jeep Wrangler: 367,732 Wranglers from the 2006 through 2010 model years may have a potential brake fluid leak. The front inner fender liners can rub against the brake fluid tubes and cause a leak.
Dodge Caliber/Jeep Compass: 34,700 model year 2007 vehicles have accelerator pedals that could stick open, leading to unintended acceleration. (It’s interesting to note that the accelerator pedals in question were made by the same company, CTS, that made Toyota’s problem pedals. Perhaps it’s time to look into what the folks there drink at night.)
Chrysler will notify owners of affected vehicles starting later this month, and repair them free of charge.
What do you think: Without any documented incidents, should mass recalls like these be issued?