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Jeep Patriot inquiry

DETROIT — U.S. government safety regulators are investigating complaints that engines on Jeep Patriot SUVs can stall without warning at highway speeds.

The problem caused one crash in which two people were hurt, according to documents posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site.

The investigation affects about 112,000 Patriots from the 2011 and 2012 model years that were sold in the U.S. Chrysler Group LLC, the maker of Jeeps, sold 18,000 more in Canada.

NHTSA said Oct. 19 that it received a dozen complaints about stalling. Ten of the incidents occurred while the Jeeps were going 65 miles per hour or faster. In eight cases the Patriots could not be restarted and had to be towed.

“The complaints show an apparent increasing trend, with all but three received within the past six months,” NHTSA said.

Chrysler said it is cooperating with NHTSA. Owners who are concerned should contact their dealer, the company said.

NHTSA said it will investigate to see whether the problem is widespread enough to order a recall. So far the Patriots have not been recalled.

Nissan Altima

NEW YORK — Nissan is recalling about 13,900 of its 2012 and 2013 Altima sedans because their bolts could become loose and fall out, increasing the risk of a car crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its Web site that the vehicles might have been equipped with transverse link bolts and power steering rack bolts that were not torqued to proper specification.

The vehicles were made from May 10 through July 26. Dealers will tighten the bolts to the proper specifications. The recall is expected to begin on or about Oct. 29.

Owners with questions may call Nissan at (800) 647-7261.


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