DETROIT - Chrysler Corp.'s rash of recalls this summer has grown with the addition of 219,000 1996-97 Chrysler Cirrus, Dodge Stratus and Plymouth Breeze cars.
Chrysler has sent owners of these models a letter informing them of hoods that could fly open without warning. The hood latch spring may disengage allowing the hood to pop open, Chrysler said.
Chrysler has received 33 reports of the hood flying open, but no accidents or injuries have been reported.
Dealers will fix the problem without charge by installing a new spring with a longer hook.
This latest recall comes on the heels of a series of recalls Chrysler announced earlier this month that affects 1.7 million cars and light trucks.
The largest of those recalls is 960,000 1994-97 Dodge Ram pickups and 1995-96 Dodge Ram Vans and Wagons. They have plastic transmission line connections that can melt, possibly causing a fire.
The second largest of the recalls involves 436,000 1992 Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan and Plymouth Voyager and Grand Voyager minivans. Bolts that attach liftgate supports can break from fatigue.
The series of Chrysler recalls is the biggest safety action so far this year by one automaker.