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Investigation may affect 700,000 vehicles

Posted On Wed, June 1, 2011

After receiving dozens of complaints from consumers about cars malfunctioning, officials are launching an investigation into several automakers' vehicles about whether a massive recall needs to be done.

According to Reuters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be conducting a sweeping analysis of more than 400,000 Nissan Altima vehicles made in 2007 and 2008 because there may be a problem with the car's brakes. The NHTSA told the news source that it has received 20 complaints related to braking issues.

The agency told the source that it will also look into the safety of Chrysler's Jeep Wranger, model years 2007 and 2008, over an airbag issue that might prevent it from deploying should someone be involved in an accident.

The agency told Reuters that a third probe could affect more than 65,000 2007 Saturn Aura vehicles, as a faulty cable may prevent some drivers from being able to put their car in park.

All told, the source says that as many as 700,000 vehicles from Nissan, Chrysler and General Motors may be affected.

While auto insurance companies take several factors into consideration when assessing premiums, recalls is usually not one of them.

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