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Chrysler Recalling Nearly 1 Million Vehicles

Maker still plagued by ongoing fuel pump problem.

by on Oct.16, 2014

Scott Kunselman heads up Chrysler's recently formed Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance office.

Chrysler Group’s announcement today it is recalling 907,000 vehicles in two new campaigns is latest in a steady string of actions during the last six weeks from the Auburn Hills, Michigan-unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The recalls involve faulty alternators and power mirror electrical connectors. There have been no injuries, fatalities or accidents as a result of either problem, according to the automaker.

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Chrysler is recalling 470,000 2011-2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Challenger, Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles with a 3.6-liter engine and a 160 amp alternator because the alternator may suddenly fail and result in vehicle shutdown, shutoff or a fire. (more…)

Recall Parade Marches On with GM, Chrysler

Makers announce actions on more than 425K vehicles.

by on Sep.22, 2014

The Cadillac XTS is part of a larger recall including Chevrolet Impalas for a parking brake problem.

General Motors and Chrysler recalled more than 425,000 vehicles for brake and fuel pump issues. The latest round pushes the number of recalled vehicles in the U.S. well past the 40-million mark.

GM called back 221,558 Chevy Impalas and Cadillac XTS cars from the 2013-2015 model years for a defect in the parking brake that could cause a fire. The vast majority – 205,309 – were recalled in the U.S. with the remainder in Canada and other countries.

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The brake’s indicator light sometimes fails to illuminate while the brake is not fully retracted. (more…)

Chrysler Earnings Jump 16% – Give Boost to Italian Partner Fiat

But production issues, recalls, were costly problems

by on Jul.30, 2013

Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Despite paying a heavy price for a string of recent recalls, Chrysler Group LLC reported a 16% increase in earnings during the second quarter of 2013 and the company’s chief executive said he expects even stronger numbers during the second half of the year – though earnings are still expected to fall short of earlier expectations..

But Chrysler earnings would have been even stronger were it not for a major recall to address a Jeep safety issue as well as production shortfalls. Even so, the Detroit maker’s results were enough to provide a much-needed boost to its Italian partner Fiat which quadrupled its own net income for the second quarter despite ongoing problems in its home European market.

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The automaker posted net income of $507 million, compared to $436 million during the same quarter a year earlier. The second quarter marked Chrysler’s eighth consecutive quarter of positive net income. Net revenue increased 7% to $18 billion and Chrysler’s operating profit also increased 7% to $808 million from $755 million a year ago.

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Chrysler Recalling 250,000 Minivans

Vehicles could stall unexpectedly.

by on Mar.04, 2011

Chrysler recalls 2010 Town & Country, Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan minivans.

Chrysler is recalling more than 248,000 minivans and crossovers due to problems that could lead the vehicles to unexpectedly stall out – an issue already linked to dozens of complaints and at least two accidents.

The issue appears to be a key that may at times slip out of the “On” position, shutting the vehicle off without warning, Chrysler says, and that could lead to a crash if the problem occurs in traffic.  At least two rear-end collisions have been reported to the company, which has also received 32 direct customer complaints and another 465 warranty claims related to the defective ignition switches.

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The maker says it will formally issue a recall notice to owners of 248,437 2010-model Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan minivans.

The maker has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as many as 3% of the minivans it produced between August 2009 and June 2010 might experience the defect, which was tracked to a part produced in Mexico.

Recalls will be made free of charge, the maker says.

Automotive recalls have been on the rise lately, last year reaching the highest level since 2004.  Part of the problem has been the crackdown at Toyota, which has experienced a variety of problems, including unintended acceleration, excessive corrosion and braking defects.  But a number of other makers have also experienced a rise in recalls, Ford so far this year recalling nearly as many vehicles as during all of 2010.

A major reason, industry analysts say, is that makers are now feeling pressure to take aggressive steps to correct issues that might not have triggered recalls, in the past, but just resulted in less public moves, such as Technical Service Bulletins.  In such instances, dealers will often make free repairs but makers won’t specifically advise customers to come in for servicing.

VW Recalls Routan Minivans for Possible Fires

Vans are essentially the same as ones Chrysler recalled earlier.

by on Jun.11, 2010

VW had no choice but to follow Chrysler.

Volkswagen AG has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is recalling more than 15,000 of its 2009 model Routan minivans because of a possible wiring routing problem that could cause fires.

There are no reports of accidents or injuries from the safety defect.

However,  this is just the latest in a growing list of examples where an auto company hastens a recall, which is the direct result of the record $16.4 million fine that Toyota paid to NHTSA for its delays in recalling millions of vehicles with sticking accelerators. (more…)

Chrysler Recalling 600,000 Minivans and Jeeps

Troubled maker cites potential brake failures, wiring fires.

by on Jun.07, 2010

The latest recalls are the result of design or assembly process defects.

Chrysler is recalling 600,000 of its Jeep Wrangler SUVs, and Dodge and Chrysler minivans to address potential safety problems involving brake and wiring defects.

The announcement is the latest setback for the struggling automaker, and comes just days after it issued a recall notice for 161,000 Dodge Caliber models to repair a potentially sticky accelerator pedal because of defective parts from CTS, the same supplier of recalled Toyota pedals. (See Chrysler Recalls Dodge Calibers for Sticky Pedals )

The latest defects are the result of improper engineering or assembly.

On model year 2008 and 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans manufactured from February 2007 through September 2009, some of the minivans may have been assembled with an improperly routed wire harness. The lower sliding-door hinge bracket can make contact and wear through the wire insulation. A short circuit in the latch is possible, which in turn could cause a fire. About 285,000 minivans with power sliding doors are affected. No accidents or injuries are reported.

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Chrysler Recalls Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee

The rear track bar could be defective on 2010 SUV models.

by on Mar.15, 2010

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The driver might notice a noise coming from the rear of the SUV if the bar is bad.

Chrysler Group is recalling Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles made during December 2009.

The supplier, Global Automotive Systems, improperly welded the bushing-retaining hoops on the rear track bar.

A normal quality inspection showed that a bushing-retaining hoop had pulled open due to being improperly positioned in the welding fixture, which caused a bad weld on one side of the seam.

It appears that fewer than 4,000 vehicles are affected. And all were made at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.

Chrysler reports that there are no known accidents or incidents caused by a bad track bar. The driver might hear a noise coming from the rear suspension.

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Dealers will inspect the rear track bar bushing-retaining hoop and replace the bar if it is found to be defective. The safety recall is expected to begin during April 2010.   (more…)