Honda, Chrysler issue recalls over safety concerns

    Two major auto manufacturers have issued recalls today over safety concerns pertaining to their vehicles.

    Honda says it’s recalling CR-V crossovers from the 2002 to 2006 model years because an electrical switch in the driver’s side door could melt and cause a fire.

    Chrysler says it’s recalling Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota trucks from the 2009-2010 model year because a lack of adhesive may cause the rear axle pinion nut to loosen.

    DETROIT (AP) — Honda says it’s recalling CR-V crossovers from the 2002 to 2006 model years because an electrical switch in the driver’s side door could melt and cause a fire.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says owners should park their CR-Vs outside until the recall has been performed.

    The problem involves around 268,000 vehicles. Honda says rain or other liquids could enter through a driver’s open window and damage the master power switch on the door. If that happens, the switch could overheat and melt, causing a fire.

    Honda Motor Co. says there have been no injuries or crashes associated with the issue, but four fires have been reported.

    The company will begin contacting owners next month and will repair the vehicles for free.

    DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler says it’s recalling Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota trucks from the 2009-2010 model year because a lack of adhesive may cause the rear axle pinion nut to loosen.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday that if that happens, the axle can lock up, and the vehicle could lose control and crash.

    Government and company officials say there have been 15 reports of rear axle failure, including four that resulted in a loss of vehicle control. The driver crashed into a concrete barrier in one case. There have been three minor injuries.

    The recall involves 44,300 vehicles manufactured from July 1 to Nov. 30, 2009.

    Chrysler will notify owners of the recall beginning next month. Dealers will install a retainer to secure the pinion nut free of charge.

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