May 8, 2006
DaimlerChrysler is recalling 45,000 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum sedans with 2.7 liter engines because leaking brake fluid may cause an engine compartment fire.

The vehicle's exhaust recirculation pipe may touch the brake lines causing brake fluid to leak and setting a fire.

DaimlerChrysler reports nine incidents involving engine fires but there are no reports of crashes, injuries or property damage.

DaimlerChrysler will inspect the rear brake lines for damage and replacement if necessary. The automaker will also install a clip on all the vehicles to secure the brake lines and maintain proper clearance from the exhaust system.

The recall will begin later this month.

DaimlerChrysler is also recalling 6,876 of the 2006 Jeep Wranglers equipped with 6-speed manual transmissions because of potential problems with the clutch.

The automaker reports the hydraulic clutch master cylinder rod may break, making the clutch difficult to disengage when the pedal is depressed.

The broken clutch could prevent the Jeep from moving, lead to increased stopping distances and engine stalling.

DaimlerChrysler has received 17 complaints from Jeep owners about the clutch but no reports of crashes, injuries or property damage. Owners also are expected to be notified of the recall later in the month.

In both recalls, the vehicles will be repaired at no charge to owners.