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Chrysler recalls 11,000 vehicles

Posted On Fri, June 17, 2011

After reportedly being one of few automakers to see sales increase in the month of May, Chrysler suffered a bit of a setback recently, recalling more than 11,000 vehicles.

According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler Group announced a voluntary safety recall for owners of several of the company's 2011 models, including the Town & Country, Dodge Caliber, Grand Caravan, Avenger and Nitro. The Jeep Liberty and Compass models were also recalled.

The safety problem at issue appears to be with a rivet in the steering column that, according to Chrysler, could "compromise [the vehicle's] performance in the event of impact."

In an interview with Reuters, Vince Muniga, spokesman for Chrysler, says there have been no injuries or crashes pertaining to the steering column issue.

The automaker says 11,351 vehicles will be affected, all of them built between April 15 and May 14, 2011.

While safety recalls do not affect auto insurance rates in the short term, they may in the long term if a particular make and model is recalled multiple times. Insurers may consider a car's safety rating when assessing rates, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

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