DaimlerChrysler fixes gauge glitch

WASHINGTON - DaimlerChrysler is recalling about 43,000 vehicles to repair a computer software problem that causes gauges and lights on the instrument panel to shut down.

The affected vehicles are 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Chrysler PT Cruisers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reported the recall, said trying to drive a vehicle without instrument panel gauges and lights is a safety hazard.

But DaimlerChrysler knows of no crashes or injuries related to the problem, said company spokeswoman Angela Ford.

Dealers will fix the problem by reprogramming the instrument panel computer, NHTSA said.

The agency, in its monthly list of safety recalls, also said Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America Inc. is recalling about 26,000 V-6-equipped Eclipses and Galants from the 2000 model year because an exhaust manifold heat shield rubs holes in a power steering fluid line. The agency said dealers are to replace the line with one that follows a different route through the engine compartment.

Here are other recalls reported by NHTSA:

2002 CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER, GMC ENVOY

Problem: Range shift collar in transmission transfer case cracks, may break, knocking out forward and reverse gears and making "Park" inoperable.

Fix: Replace transfer case, update control module calibration.

Number: 900.

2001 HYUNDAI XG300

Problem: Placard shows wrong tire pressure.

Fix: Send owners new tire placard.

Number: 3,300.

1997-99 FERRARI 550 MARANELLO

Problem: Wheel bolt inserts crack, causing loss of torque on the wheel and unsafe handling characteristics.

Fix: Replace magnesium wheels with aluminum wheels that do not have inserts.

Number: 500.

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