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Statement: 12-volt battery connection


June 10, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC is recalling an estimated 27,634 vehicles globally, to address a 12-volt battery connection that may pose fire risk.

Twelve-volt battery systems provide power to auxiliary features, such as radios and remote-control garage-door openers.

The Company is aware of a small number of related fires. All occurred in Canada, but for one in Minnesota.

FCA is aware of one minor injury.

The recall is limited to model-year 2017-2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. However, neither the model’s high-voltage battery, nor its electrified propulsion system, is associated with the defect.

Gasoline-powered Pacifica minivans are unaffected.

FCA will begin mailing notices to affected customers during the week of June 22.

In the interim, FCA recommends – out of an abundance of caution – that customers avoid parking their vehicles inside buildings or structures. In addition, FCA advises customers not to park near other vehicles, or place wet items or liquids that may spill in the second-row seating area.

Initially, the recall notices will advise customers to have their vehicles inspected by a dealer. If the 12-volt connection shows no evidence of corrosion, the vehicle will be released to the customer – after the connection is tightened.

If there is evidence of corrosion, the dealer will hold the vehicle and the customer will be provided with a free loaner.

Subject to the results of ongoing tests by FCA, all affected customers may receive a second notice to schedule additional dealer service. Vehicles held by dealers will be remedied accordingly and then returned to their owners.

However, as soon as June 16, customers may enter their VINs at recalls.mopar.com to determine if a vehicle is covered by the recall. Any vehicle subject to this campaign may then be brought to a dealer for inspection, even if customers have not received an official recall notification.

Canadian customers may also check their VINs at rappels.mopar.ca or recalls.mopar.ca.


U.S. customers with additional questions or concerns may call 1-800-853-1403. Canadian customers may call 1-800-387-9983 (FR) or 1-800-465-2001 (EN).
Of the total recall population, an estimated 3,370 vehicles are in Canada, while an estimated 1,684 are in markets outside North America.

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June 9, 2020 NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V334000
12V Connector Post May Overheat Causing Fire
A high resistance electrical connection may result in the connection overheating, increasing the risk of a fire with the vehicle on or off.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V334000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected 22,449

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2017-2020 Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles ("PHEV"). The 12 volt isolator post located behind the driver's seat may develop high resistance.

Remedy

The recall remedy is currently under development. FCA US LLC will notify owners, and dealers will perform an interim inspection of this joint. If the inspection indicates the joint is compromised, owners will receive a loaner vehicle, until a final remedy is developed. Interim notifications are expected to begin around June 22, 2020. Owners may contact FCA US LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US LLC's number for this recall is W46.

Note: Consumers are advised to exercise the following precautions until the vehicle has the final repair completed: do not park these vehicles inside of buildings or structures, or near other vehicles. Additionally, keep liquids out of the backseat area, including but not limited to beverages, wet items, umbrellas, or bottled liquids that may leak.
 

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Statement: Software update


June 18, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA is voluntarily recalling 67,248 U.S.-market vehicles to update certain transmission software.

A review of customer data prompted an FCA investigation that discovered a driveline connection may, in certain circumstances, slip. Should this occur, it may lead to loss of propulsion and prevent the transmission from engaging PARK when the vehicle is stationary.

FCA is aware of a single related accident, but no injuries.

Should the above driveline failure occur, a warning lamp will illuminate in the vehicle’s instrument cluster and the updated software will deliver propulsion by engaging rear-wheel-drive, as needed. And should PARK not engage as intended, the software will also help secure the vehicle by automatically applying its parking brake.

The recall is limited to model-year 2014-2017 Jeep Cherokee SUVs equipped with a two-speed Power Transfer Unit (PTU). Vehicles with a single-speed PTU are not affected.

FCA will begin mailing recall notices next month. Until then, customers are reminded to use their parking brakes, as recommended in their owners’ manuals.


Customers with questions or concerns may call 1-800-853-1403.

Additional vehicles will be subject to recall in Canada (est. 13,659), Mexico (est. 716), and certain markets outside North America (est. 9,940).

FCA is also recalling an estimated 2,669 two-speed PTUs sold as replacement parts.
 

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Jeep Cherokee SUV recalled for transmission issue

2017 Jeep Cherokee

2017 Jeep Cherokee


June 18, 2020

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced on Thursday the recall of certain Jeep Cherokee SUVs for a transmission issue that could lead to the vehicle rolling away when it is supposed to be in "park."

A driveline connection may slip and lead to a loss of a power. The affected car won't be able to go, and it won't be able to park. This could increase the risk of vehicle roll-away. This is not related to the widespread FCA recall of 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles, which was attributed to a confusing new gear shift design.
The current recall affects 67,248 Jeep Cherokees from model year 2014-2017, though FCA is aware of only a single incident that resulted in no injuries. Only Cherokees equipped with a two-speed power transfer case on 4x4 models are being recalled. Vehicles with a single-speed power transfer unit are not affected.

The fix is to update the transmission software, which has to be done at a dealer. The software update will alert the driver of the potential error with a warning light in the cluster, then the vehicle will shift power to the rear wheels to maintain propulsion, according to Autoblog. If "park" is not engaged, the software update will automatically apply the parking brake. Until the recall is complete, FCA recommends affected owners use their parking brakes.
The recall begins next month and will be completed at service centers free of charge. Customers can call 1-800-853-1403 or visit FCA's recall website.

Jeep Cherokee SUV recalled for transmission issue


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June 11, 2020 NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V343000
Power Transfer Unit Input Splines May Break
A loss of drive can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning. A loss of the Park function can cause unintended vehicle rollaway which can increase the risk of a crash or injury.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V343000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

Components POWER TRAIN

Potential Number of Units Affected 67,248

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2014-2017 Jeep Cherokee vehicles equipped with a two-speed Power Transfer Unit (PTU). Relative movement in the Power Transfer Unit (PTU) between the differential input splines and the transmission output shaft may cause some input spline teeth to wear off, which may eventually cause a loss of engagement between the transmission and the differential inside the PTU. If this occurs, power cannot be transferred between the front wheels and the transmission which results in a loss of drive while the vehicle is in motion and a loss of the Park function while stationary.

Remedy

FCA US LLC will notify owners, and dealers will perform a software update that will maintain vehicle propulsion by engaging rear wheel drive and prevent rolling in Park by activating the electronic parking brake if a failed input spline occurs. This recall is expected to begin July 31, 2020. Owners may contact FCA USA LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's number for this recall is W47.
 

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June 25, 2020 NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V374000
Side Curtain Air Bag May Not Properly Inflate
In the event of a crash, if the diffuser detaches from the inflator during air bag deployment, the air bag may not inflate properly, increasing the risk of injury.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V374000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

Components AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected 114

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2020 Ram Promaster vans and 1500 pickups. The affected vehicles may have an improperly crimped diffuser in the side curtain airbag which may result in the diffuser detaching from the inflator in the event of an air bag deployment.

Remedy

FCA US will notify owners, and dealers will replace the side curtain air bag assemblies, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 14, 2020. Owners may contact FCA US customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US's number for this recall is W52.
 

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Fiat Chrysler planning for big recall on engine used in Jeeps

Aug. 5, 2020


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is preparing for a possible recall related to an issue affecting upward of one million vehicles, likely including Jeep SUV models, equipped with its 2.4-liter Tigershark engine.

The expected recall is related to emissions testing conducted on the gasoline engine and, according to the company, is not connected to claims summed up in various lawsuits that the engines burn excessive amounts of oil, which could cause stalling. It's not known how soon the recall could happen.

"In connection with internal testing, we determined that approximately 1 million vehicles equipped with the 2.4L Tigershark engine may have excess tailpipe emissions," FCA said in a recent regulatory filing.

The extent of pollution from the Tigershark emissions was not clear. FCA said it has been in contact with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board about the situation.

"FCA has been working closely with EPA and CARB, and we continue to do so, on a group of vehicles equipped with Tigershark engines. As this population ages, some vehicles exceed in-use emission requirements, depending on drive cycle and mileage. We are conducting test programs to define a remedy, which also requires approval by the agencies. Affected customers will be advised when service becomes available, and will be provided free of charge. This is not a safety issue and there are no enforcement actions," according to a company statement provided by spokesman Eric Mayne.

The EPA, through spokesperson Enesta Jones, responded to an email from the Free Press by saying that FCA is doing a voluntary recall based on in-use testing done by EPA. The agency released a report last year highlighting its increasing efforts to monitor vehicle emissions, noting that 86 recalls, affecting more than 4.9 million light-duty vehicles, were conducted in 2017.

The Tigershark issue, according to FCA, is not connected to the company's diesel emissions troubles , which have echoes of but apparently not the scope of Volkswagen's Dieselgate. FCA and German supplier Bosch agreed to a civil settlement last year, which called for the owners of about 100,000 2014-16 EcoDiesel Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500s — the vehicles at issue — to get payments of about $3,000 each. FCA denied wrongdoing, although prosecutors accused the company of installing so-called defeat devices on the vehicles to cheat emissions tests. An FCA manager later placed on leave, Emanuele Palma, has been indicted, and FCA said in the regulatory filing it is in talks with both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department's Criminal Division, which are investigating.

The Tigershark emissions issue was referenced in the same regulatory filing, which also highlighted oil consumption complaints. Those complaints have led to class-action lawsuits against the company in California and Michigan related to the engine, which, FCA said, has been installed in about 1.6 million vehicles sold in the United States. FCA, through its spokesman, said it doesn't discuss ongoing litigation but that if customers have concerns they can contact their dealers.

One of the lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in May in Detroit, said the engine was installed in six models, the 2014-20 Jeep Cherokee, 2017-20 Jeep Compass, 2015-20 Jeep Renegade, 2015-16 Chrysler 200, 2013-16 Dodge Dart and the 2016-20 Fiat 500X.

Kyle Davis of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is one of the plaintiffs. He bought a 2015 Dodge Dart, which he still owns, from Carvana in April 2018.

Davis replaced the spark plugs after less than 800 miles because the car kept shutting down, and he followed the suggested maintenance schedule for oil changes, the suit said.

"When plaintiff checked the oil he noticed the dipstick was completely dry and had to use three quarts of oil to fill (the car). In November 2019, plaintiff was driving 60 miles per hour on the freeway when the affected vehicle shut down on him without warning. This was particularly dangerous because the other vehicles on the freeway also had no warning that the affected vehicle would suddenly slow down," according to the suit.

Davis took the car for engine repairs to an FCA dealership, which did not give him a loaner. It took four weeks and $4,000 before Davis got his car back, and it still uses oil at an "abnormally high pace," the suit said.

Hundreds of owners have reported their vehicles shutting down without warning because of low oil levels or pressure, but the company describes it as normal in its technical service bulletins, the suit said.

”Moreover, the sudden shut-offs caused by the oil consumption defect could be avoided if FCA’s oil indicator system alerted drivers of the class vehicles that their engine oil was running low. But it does not. And this ‘oil indicator’ defect means that drivers of the class vehicles only become aware of a dangerously low engine-oil level after it causes an engine stall or shut-down, putting their lives at risk," the suit said.

 
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