* Ford recalling 33,700 Transit Connect vans
* Chrysler recalling 22,000 Jeep Liberty, Ram pickups
WASHINGTON, July 9 Ford Motor Co (F.N) is recalling
33,700 of its Transit Connect small commercial vans over an interior
liner while Chrysler Group said it was recalling certain 2010 SUVs
and trucks over a possible brake fluid leak.
Ford is recalling the Transit Connect vehicles sold in the United
States and manufactured from December 2008 through May of this year
due to an interior liner that fails to meet all safety requirements
for head protection.
"In the event of a vehicle crash, an occupant could be at
increased risk of injury," the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) said on Friday in a letter to Ford.
Ford said in correspondence to NHTSA that it would tell dealers
to stop delivering affected vehicles until revised head protection is
installed. It would notify current owners about repairs.
Separately, Chrysler is recalling certain 2010 Jeep Liberty and
Wrangler, Dodge Nitro and Ram 1500 trucks made in the United States
that may have been built with an improperly formed tube that could
cause brake fluid to leak.
Chrysler is halting sales of the affected vehicles, made in April
and May of this year, until the problem covering up to 22,000
vehicles is fixed, the company said in a letter to regulators.
Chrysler, which emerged from a U.S. government-financed
bankruptcy last year under the management of Italy's Fiat SpA
FIA.MI, will formally notify dealers and vehicle owners next
(Reporting by John Crawley; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)