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Chrysler Group LLC recalls vehicles for possible fire hazard

Chrysler is recalling 26,397 vehicles, saying a malfunction with the power steering pressure hose may cause steering fluid to leak over a hot engine and cause a fire. This recall is expected to begin by the end of October.

The Facts:

* Chrysler is recalling 26,397 vehicles to replace power steering pressure hoses that could leak fluid onto hot engine components and cause a fire.
* 2010 Chrysler 300, Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Journey, as well as the 2011 Ram, are included.

WASHINGTON — Chrysler is recalling 26,397 vehicles to replace power steering pressure hoses that could leak fluid onto hot engine components and cause a fire. They include the 2010 Chrysler 300, Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Journey, as well as the 2011 Dodge Ram, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Some of these vehicles may experience a separation at the crimped end of the power steering pressure hose assembly,” said NHTSA in its recalls summary of the problem. “Leaked power steering fluid onto hot engine components could cause a fire.”

In other documentation filed with the federal government, Chrysler said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Owners can contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403 with any questions; otherwise owners will be notified beginning this month, and dealerships will inspect and replace the power-steering hoses as needed.

Car Advice Says: If you own one of the mentioned Chrysler vehicles above, have it checked out with your dealer ASAP.

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