We would like to take a moment to inform you of some recent vehicle recalls. If your fleet contains any of these vehicles, take the necessary action to have the problem corrected as soon as possible:
1. Mazda Motor Corp. is recalling 103,300 model-year 2008-2009 Mazda3 and Mazdaspeed3 vehicles in the U.S. because of a potential problem with the windshield wiper motor. The ground terminal of the windshield wiper motor may have been inadvertently bent during assembly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If this condition exists, over time the electrical resistance of the motor circuit may increase up to a point that results in windshield wiper failure. This poses a safety risk.
To resolve the problem, dealers will install an additional ground harness on the wiper motor. There will be no charge for this service.
The recall is expected to get under way in mid-July. Vehicles covered by the recall were manufactured from Jan. 7, 2008 through Nov. 28, 2008.
Vehicle owners can reach Mazda at (800) 222-5500.
2. Chrysler has recalled a total of 11,351 vehicles across a number of 2011-MY models (built between April 15 and May 14), specifically the Chrysler 200, Chrysler Town and Country, Chrysler 200 Convertible, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Caliber, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, Dodge Nitro, Jeep Compass, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Patriot, and Jeep Wrangler.
Some of these vehicles may have been built with a missing or incorrectly installed steering column pivot rivet, which could potentially compromise the steering column’s ability to support occupant loads in the event of a frontal crash.
Chrysler released a statement saying that this manufacturing issue does not affect the ability of the driver to steer the vehicle under normal driving conditions. The automaker also said it’s not aware of any accidents, injuries, or property damage related to this issue.
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