April 9, 2013 5:43 pm

Chrysler recalls Jeep Patriot, Compass to fix fuel tank problem; warning lights on sedans

The 2013 Jeep Compass is introduced at the North American International Auto Show, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Detroit, Mich.

AP Photo/Tony Ding

Chrysler has announced separate recalls for roughly 170,000 vehicles, including more than 9,000 in Canada, for problems involving fuel tanks in some SUVs and air bag warning lights in a number of sedans.

Chrysler is recalling about 30,000 small SUVs because a faulty hose inside the gas tank.

The recall affects Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass four-wheel-drive vehicles from the 2012 model year.

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The company says the SUVs have saddle-style gas tanks that go around the rear drive shaft. Fuel is pumped from one side of the tank to the other through a hose.

But Chrysler says some of the hoses weren’t formed right in manufacturing and they can stop the flow of gas, causing the engine to stall.

Chrysler says it’s aware of one crash but no injuries or fires due to the problem.

Approximately 20,500 vehicles involved in the recall are in the United States, 2,300 in Canada, 50 in Mexico and 7,400 outside the NAFTA region.

Meanwhile, Chrysler is also recalling almost 138,000 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger sedans made between April 2011 and December 2011, including both 2011 and 2012 model years, because their air bag warning lights can illuminate for no reason.

Affected are approximately 119,000 vehicles in the U.S., 7,000 in Canada, 880 in Mexico and 11,000 outside the NAFTA region.

Chrysler says no one has been injured as a result of the defect, which is caused by improper wiring. The company started investigating after getting customer complaints.

In both cases, Chrysler says it will fix affected vehicles for free.

With files from The Associated Press

© The Canadian Press, 2013

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