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Good year for Chrysler, Subaru recalls

Jan 3rd, 2013 - International News

— Chrysler says its U.S. sales last year were the best since 2007.

The company says sales rose 21 percent for the year, led by the Ram pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV.

For December, Chrysler's sales increased 10 percent to 152,367 cars and trucks.

Americans bought new vehicles at a strong pace last month. The robust sales came even with uncertainty in Washington over a budget deal that would have raised taxes and cut spending sharply, threatening the U.S. economy. Chrysler says industry sales jumped to an annual rate of 15.8 million in December, making it the strongest month of the year.

The company was the first carmaker to report sales Thursday.

Meanwhile, Subaru is recalling nearly 634,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. because lights beneath the doors can overheat and cause fires.

The recall affects all Outback and Legacy cars from model years 2010 and 2011. Also included are Tribeca SUVs from 2006 through 2012 and Forester SUVs from 2009 through 2012. Subaru says the Tribecas and Foresters were sold before January of 2012.

The company says moisture can get into puddle lights beneath the doors and cause a short circuit that can melt plastic and cause fires.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that Subaru will install an additional fuse at no cost to the owners. The recall is expected to begin in February.

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