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12:22 PM, Dec 31, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chrysler recalled about 150,000 trucks and SUVs on Thursday to address steering, air bag and potential stalling problems, while Ford recalled nearly 15,000 trucks and crossovers because of electrical issues.

Chrysler Group LLC said it was conducting three separate recalls to fix the problems, which were posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.

The first recall covers about 22,000 Dodge Ram trucks from the 2008-2011 model years to address steering problems. Chrysler said it had received 86 complaints over three years but was not aware of any crashes or injuries connected to the issue.

The second involves about 65,000 2009 model year Dodge Journey SUVs to fix side air bags that might not deploy. Wires within the front door could break and interrupt the circuits for the side impact sensors, causing the air bag warning light to go off and potentially preventing the air bag from deploying in a crash, the car manufacturer told the government.

Chrysler said it has received 23 complaints from customers about the air bag lamp. There have been no reports of crashes, fires or injuries.

The last recall includes about 57,000 Ram 1500 trucks from the 2011 model year to fix components in rear axles that could cause the trucks to stall. Chrysler said it has received 20 reports of axle bearing noise or failure, most coming within 500 miles of driving. It has not received any reports of crashes or injuries.

Meanwhile, Ford Motor Co. said it was recalling some 2011 model year Ford F150, F250, F350, F450 and F550 pickup trucks and 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers to address potential electrical shorts that could lead to fires in unattended vehicles. A Ford supplier produced the modules during a six-day period in November.

Ford said it was aware of two vehicle fires at an assembly plant in Dearborn, Mich., but had not received any reports of fires in vehicles on the road.

Chrysler's recalls are expected to begin in February. Ford's should begin by January 10.

Chrysler owners can call (800) 853-1403 and Ford owners can call (866) 436-7332 for more information.

By KEN THOMAS
Associated Press

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