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News Summary: Chrysler to recall 630,000 SUVs

The Associated Press

RECALLS: Just two 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.

DETAILS: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that the automaker 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.

BUT NOT THESE: On Tuesday, Chrysler refused a request from NHTSA to recall 2.7 million older Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs, saying their fuel tanks can leak and catch fire in rear-end collisions. The tanks are mounted behind the rear axle. NHTSA says that is a design flaw. Chrysler said the vehicles are safe and met federal safety standards when built.