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Safety regulators look at sudden engine stalls in Jeep Patriot

October 19, 2012|By Jerry Hirsch
  • Federal regulators are investigating reports of sudden stalls at highway speeds in the Jeep Patriot.
Federal regulators are investigating reports of sudden stalls at highway… (Chrysler Group )

Federal safety regulators have opened a probe into the 2011 and 2012 model year Jeep Patriot, which they said may stall at high speeds without warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has received 12 complaints from drivers alleging incidents of engine stall in the sport-utility vehicle.

Almost all of the drivers said the engine stopped while they were traveling at 65 mph or more. One complaint alleged that the incident resulted in a crash and injury.

Safety officials said Chrysler Group, which owns the Jeep brand, produced about 112,000 of the vehicles during the model years under review. The NHTSA is looking into the scope, frequency and potential safety consequences associated with the problem.

The agency also said that Mercedes-Benz is recalling 499 model year 2012 E350 and E550 Coupe vehicles, because improper stitching of the passenger-side window curtain air bag may cause it to deflate more quickly than intended, reducing the protection it provides the passenger.

Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will replace the right-side window curtain air bag.

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