Chrysler LLC, an automaker, is recalling almost 369,000 sport utility vehicles because of problems with the brakes going up hill. Also, on some of the vehicles, there are problems with the locks and door latches.
The company is recalling 296,550 vehicles for the brake-related problem. The recall includes the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Commander SUVs from 2006 and 2007 model years and the 2007 Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Nitro.
Chrysler said a glitch in an electronic control unit could cause a delay in braking when the vehicles are driving uphill. The automaker has had about 20 reports of such problems, said spokesman Max Gates.
So far there has been one accident from the brake glitch. When a driver of an affected Chrysler vehicles stops accelerating when going up a hill, the brake may lose power for a few seconds.
Chrysler is also recalling 73,333 Chrysler Sebrings and Dodge Avenger sedans because they may have problems with the the front door latches on the vehicles.
Chrysler said that affected owners would be contacted later in the month and the problem would be fixed for free.
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