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Published: Thursday, 6/16/2011

Chrysler recalls 11,300 vehicles for steering issue


DETROIT — Chrysler Group LLC has recalled 11,351 vehicles for a possible missing or incorrectly installed steering column part that could result in loss of steering capability.

Some of the 2011 model-year vehicles were built with a missing or incorrectly installed steering column pivot rivet that could cause a loss of steering and increase the risk of a crash, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Chrysler spokesman Vince Muniga said the company is cooperating with NHTSA and there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue.

Affected vehicles include the Toledo-made Jeep Wrangler and Liberty and Dodge Nitro as well as Chrysler 200 and 200 convertible cars, Town and Country minivan, Dodge Avenger, Caliber, Caravan, Journey vehicles, and Jeep Compass, and Patriot SUVs, according to the NHTSA documents.

Dealers will inspect for the presence of the rivet and repair the steering column pivot as required. The recall is expected to begin this month. Chrysler is operated by Fiat SpA .

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