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Feds Slam Fiat Chrysler for Lax Safety Efforts

FCA “has not remedied vehicles in a reasonable time,” claims NHTSA.

by on Jun.19, 2015

A fire involving a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The recall for a potential safety problem has gone slowly.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been dragging its feet when it comes to safety problems, or so claims the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a new document released ahead of a public hearing on the issue.

The statement by federal regulators follows admissions by the automaker that it has been slow to handle repairs to vehicles covered by a recall linked to numerous vehicle fires. And it appears to be part of a broader crackdown on automotive safety in the wake of record recalls that saw more than 60 million vehicles impacted due to defects last year.

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“NHTSA has tentatively concluded that Fiat Chrysler has not remedied vehicles in a reasonable time and has not adequately remedied vehicles,” the NHTSA said in a document posted on its website ahead of a hearing to determine whether FCA met federal rules on properly reporting defects and then making repairs.

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Chrysler Recalls Nearly 700,000 Minivans and SUVs

Expands earlier ignition switch issue.

by on Jul.01, 2014

The 2007 Chrysler Town & Country is one of the vehicles covered by the maker's expanded recall.

General Motors isn’t the only automaker watching its recall count rise fast, Chrysler saying it will also take action to fix nearly 700,000 faulty minivans and SUVs.

In fact, the problem at the smaller maker is one GM is quite familiar with, Chrysler saying the vehicles are equipped with faulty ignition switches that could inadvertently switch from the On to Accessory position, potentially leading to a crash while also disabling the vehicles’ airbags.

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The announcement helped push the U.S. auto industry to an all-time record for recalls – and after just six months. It also marked one of the busiest months for recalls in automotive history. GM alone staged 24 recalls in June, impacting a total of nearly 12 million cars, trucks and crossovers in the U.S. and over a million more abroad.

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Chrysler Announces Major New Recalls

Nearly 840,000 vehicles impacted by five separate campaigns.

by on Jul.08, 2013

Chrysler's 200 sedan is one of the maker's many models covered by five separate new recalls.

Chrysler Group LLC is recalling nearly 840,000 vehicles due to a series of safety-related issued, putting new stress on the Detroit maker’s efforts to rebuild its reputation for quality, reliability and durability.

The problems cover a wide range of issues, including faulty head restraints, airbag software glitches and electronic stability control systems. The quintet of recalls comes just weeks after the maker reluctantly agreed to call back 1.2 million Jeeps due to potential fire hazards.

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Though the Jeep recall was significantly smaller than federal safety regulators originally sought it nonetheless means that Chrysler has so far had more individual vehicles sold in the U.S. covered by recall orders than any other maker.

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Chrysler Ram, Dakota Trucks Among Nearly 300,000 Vehicles Targeted by Recall

Axle problem could cause crash. Chrysler also announced new airbag recall.

by on Feb.15, 2013

The Ram 1500 is one of several vehicles covered by a new recall due to an axle defect.

A problem with a rear axle component that could cause a loss of control is forcing Chrysler to recall a wide array of vehicles including its full-size and midsize pickups and several SUV models.

In all, a total of 278,222 Ram 1500 pickups from the 2009 through 2012 model-years are covered by the service action, along with 2009 to 2011 Dodge Dakota pickups and 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango SUVs.

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In a separate announcement, Chrysler also says it will recall 4,278 Dodge Viper sports cars from the 2003 and 2004 model-years. That service action is the result of a circuit board problem that could prevent the vehicle’s airbag from properly inflating.  A similar problem already forced the recall of older Jeep Liberty and Jeep Grand Cherokee models.

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NHTSA Investigating 340,000 Jeep, Ram Models

Federal agency tracking variety of potential safety problems.

by on Jul.23, 2012

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a target in a new probe of potential vehicle fires.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched two new investigations that could lead to the eventual recall of several popular Chrysler products.

The probes begin even as NHTSA continues looking into reports that several Jeep models produced between 1993 and 2004 could be prone to catching fire following rear-end collisions.

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The latest investigations target the 2009 and 2010 model-year Ram 1500 pickup and the recently redesigned 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee.  Between them, the probes could impact nearly 240,000 vehicles.

“Chrysler Group takes seriously all customer complaints and is cooperating fully with NHTSA,” the maker announced in a statement confirming the new investigations.

The 2010 Ram pickup.

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