Chrysler Recalls Cars Because of Faulty Brake System Computers

Over 60,000 Chrysler vehicles are being recalled to reprogram a brake system computer whose defects may lead to an inability to control the car. Chrysler says the failure occurs when the instrument panel warning lamps illuminate, followed by the loss of various controls in some cars. No accidents or injuries have yet been reported. Moral of the story: if you are driving a Chrysler and the panel warning lamps illuminate, don’t keep driving your car.

I do not have a lot of information to go on but it sounds like Chrysler is doing the right thing here by catching this wave before it really breaks. Plaintiffs’ attorneys have an obligation to point out not only what big companies are doing wrong but what they are doing right. The knock on personal injury lawyers has always been the “for a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” I hope this blog fights hard to avoid the assumption that every big business and insurance companies are the nail to our hammer in every case. In this instance, Chrysler appears to have done the right thing.

  • 2010 Chrysler Recall (another apparently responsible recall of 2009-2010 Dodge Ram trucks and 2010 Chrysler Sebring, Jeep Liberty, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Nitro and Commander and Grand Cherokee SUVs).
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    • Lisa

      Does this recall include the 2007 Town & Country vans? We live in the Orlando, FL area. My husband was rear-ended yesterday, January 8th, 2007, by a rental car company employee who was the lead driver of a convoy of vehicles being transported from Miami to an auction in Orlando. My husband was doing 50 mph behind a tractor-trailer and this guy in the Town & Country van came flying up on him and hit him so hard it bent the bumper down and under our 2005 Silverado truck bed and bent the trailer hitch in to the spare tire. The trailer hitch actually punctured the bumper of the van.

      The driver told my husband that the vehicle had faulty brakes. He also had to have been speeding, they were in a 55 mph zone and my husband was doing 50 mph. We estimate he could have been driving since 1 or 2 am to be where he was coming from Miami.

      The FHP report states the vehicle had faulty brakes. It is entirely irresponsible and negligent for a rental car company to put that vehicle on the road to be driven by anyone, employee or customer. If they truly intended to auction the van, it means some unsuspecting buyer could have ended up with it. Since this particular blog entry was posted on December 30, 2006, the rental car company must be aware of the recall.

      What is our case for a negligence suit? My husband has had back and neck pain since the accident and tried to get in to see the doctor today but can’t get in till Thursday. We have the VIN for the van if needed to check for the recall.

      THANKS! 🙂

    • Melissa

      I have a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country Mini Van. The brakes have gone down to the rotor 5 times without any warning. The van only has 25,000 miles. Chrysler says is not a warranteed item after 12000. What can I do?

    • Irma V.Hernandez

      I have a 2003 PT Cruiser, and the brakes sound horrible, I’ve had them check and worked on but the dragging sound coming from the brakes continue to alarm me. There a airbad lite on the panel that lights up, have check that too, and the dealer says not too worry. It comes on then off again, then on again.

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