Product recalls or recall notices announced recently. Details are available in most cases at www.cpsc.gov and websites or telephone numbers listed.
Chrysler is recalling more than 78,000 midsize SUVs because the drive shafts can break. The recall affects 61,400 vehicles in the U.S. They are the 2007 and 2008 Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro SUVs.
Chrysler says a heat shield can drop and rub against the drive shaft, causing it to wear and break. If the shaft breaks, the SUVs will lose power and the side air bags may inflate. Chrysler says it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries from the problem. Chrysler says it has received less than 40 complaints about broken drive shafts.
Dealers will install a bracket to hold the shield in place at no cost to customers.
Also, the automaker is recalling about 30,000 small SUVs because a faulty hose inside the gas tank can cause them to run out of fuel. The recall affects Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass four-wheel-drive vehicles from the 2012 model year. Chrysler says it’s aware of one crash but no injuries or fires due to the problem. Dealers will replace the hoses free of charge. Owners will be notified starting in May. The recall affects about 20,500 SUVs in the U.S.
About 327 2013 Polaris Ranger 400 recreational off-highway vehicles made by Polaris Industries Inc. are bring recalled. The affected vehicles have the model number “R13RH45AG” and VIN numbers between “4XARH45A3D4726305” and “4XARH45A7DE648444.” They were sold July 2012-September of 2012. Not all VIN numbers in the range are included in the recall. The throttle can fail to operate properly, prompting a loss of control. No incidents have been reported
Details: 888-704-5290 or www.polarisindustries.com.
Deere & Co. is recalling about 4,650 John Deere Gator RSX850i Base, Sport and Trail ATV models made between May and October 2012 because a fuel line can separate, causing a risk of fire. There have been three reports of separated fuel lines, but no injuries.
Details: 800-537-8233 or johndeere.com under “Services & Support.”
About 73,000 PT Domusindo Perdana wooden drop-side cribs. The name, model number and date codes are printed on the plywood mattress board. They were sold at JCPenney.com and the JCPenney catalog January 1998-December 2008.
The drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position. That could create a space into which a child can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child also can fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents also can occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.
Three incidents have been reported involving rails that malfunctioned or detached. No injuries were reported.
Details: 800-827-2129 or www.savannababy.com.