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Dodge Dart

DETROIT — Chrysler is recalling about 15,000 new Dodge Dart compact cars worldwide because the engines can stall in cold weather.

The recall affects 2013 model year cars with 1.4-liter four-cylinder engines and dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

The company found the problem while testing a Dart that had been parked for eight hours in a room at 20 degrees F. After being pulled out of the room, the car stalled moments after it was started, said a statement from Chrysler, which owns the Dodge brand.

Further investigation traced the problem to the computer that controls the engine and transmission.

Dealers will recalibrate the computer at no cost to customers.

Chrysler SUVs

DETROIT — Just days after refusing a government request to recall 2.7 million older-model Jeeps, Chrysler has decided to do two other recalls totaling 630,000 vehicles worldwide.

Chrysler will recall more than 409,000 Jeep Patriot and Compass small SUVs from the 2010 and 2012 model years to fix air bag and seat-belt problems. It’s also recalling 221,000 Jeep Wranglers from 2012 and 2013 to fix transmission fluid leaks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site.

In the Patriots and Compasses, a software error could cause late deployment of side air bags and seat-belt tightening mechanisms, and that could cause injuries in rollover crashes. Dealers will fix the software free starting in July.

For Wranglers with 3.6-liter V-6 engines, a power steering fluid line can wear a hole in the transmission oil cooler line. They can
leak fluid, damaging automatic transmissions. Dealers will inspect the lines free and replace them or install a sleeve. The recall begins in July.

Owners can call (800) 853-1403.

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