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Fiat Chrysler Recalling 350,000 Dodge Journeys

Loose engine cover could cause fire.

by on Jul.22, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 350,000 Dodge Journeys due to a loose engine cover that could cause a fire.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 350,000 Dodge Journey crossovers due to a problem with the vehicle’s engine cover that could lead to a fire.

The covers can become dislodged and come in contact with exhaust components preventing them from moving. If that happens, it could cause a fire. The company has reports of three fires in Chile, involving one injury and no deaths.

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“In each case, the vehicle had been driven extensively on unpaved or uneven surfaces. The company is aware of a single related injury, described as minor,” Fiat Chrysler said in a statement. (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 67,000 Pickups

Faulty ignition lets trucks start without depressing clutch.

by on Dec.30, 2014

The 2005 Dodge Ram is part of a larger recall of 67,000 pickup trucks.

Fiat Chrysler is ending the “Year of the Recall” with a problem similar to issue that earned 2014 the nickname to begin with: an ignition problem.

The company is recalling about 67,000 pickups from model year 2006 and 2007. The trucks can be started without the clutch being depressed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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In May, the agency received a complaint about the death of a child due to the problem. According to the report, a child started a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 without using the clutch and the pickup moved forward hitting another child killing him. (more…)

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 Recalling Nearly 120,000 Vehicles for Airbag Problems

Wiring issues becoming increasingly serious industry problem.

by on Apr.09, 2013

The Dodge Challenger R/T.

Chrysler is recalling 120,000 of its full-size models because of problems with airbag warning lights that trigger for no apparent reason.

It’s the latest in a series of industry-wide safety-related problems involving faulty wiring that reflect the increasingly complexity of today’s high-tech automobiles. In some cases, the issues have been mere inconveniences, but in other instances the problems can lead to serious safety problems, such as vehicle fires and brake intervention systems that trigger for no obvious reason, leading to a potential loss of vehicle control.

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The new Chrysler recall involves 119,500 of its Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans, as well as the Dodge Challenger muscle coupe. The airbag warning lights appear to trigger for no reason and do not mean that they have become deactivated.

The maker says it was advised of the problem though customer complaints and adds there have been no reports of injuries or accidents.  It blames faulty wiring for the problem.

The recall covers vehicles produced between April through December of 2011, some marketed as 2011 models, others during the 2012 model-year

Owners will be notified of the problem starting this month and repairs will be made at no charge. The maker also plans to reimburse owners who have previously paid for warning light repairs.

The 2013 version of the Dodge Challenger was subject to a separate wiring-related recall announced less than a month ago. In this case, faulty wiring harnesses can overheat and lead to a fire. The maker went so far as to warn owners to park their vehicles until repairs could be made.

About the same time, Honda announced a short-circuit in a stability control unit on as many as 250,000 different vehicles could cause their brakes to briefly operate without any input from the driver.

Toyota, meanwhile, began the year with a recall of 752,000 vehicles due to a short-circuit that could could cause the airbags on some Corolla and Matrrix models, as well as the front seat pre-tensioners to inadvertently deploy. The Japanese giant last year recalled several million products because of a faulty driver’s-side window switch that could lead to smoke or even vehicle fires.

Industry analysts note that today’s automobiles have become high-tech systems that rival – and typically exceed – the complexity of the most advanced consumer electronic devices. Where problems with a faulty circuit board on a smartphone or audio system might be an inconvenience or lead the customer to swap out the device at a store, the greater risks faced with flawed vehicle control circuits has been leading to a steady increase in related recalls.

By comparison, problems with more conventional mechanical defects, such as engine failures, appear to be on the decline, according to research by J.D. Power and Associates.

Chrysler Warns Some Owners Not to Drive 2013 Challenger

Muscle cars equipped with V-6 face fire risk.

by on Mar.18, 2013

The 2013 Dodge Challenger equipped with V-6 power could be subject to an urgent recall.

Chrysler has issued an unusually dire warning to some owners of its Dodge Challenger muscle car warning them to park the vehicles until it can make repairs due to a risk of fire.

According to Chrysler, the wiring harness is the source of the problem due a batch of potentially mis-wired electrical components. If that’s the case, the harness can overheat and lead to a fire. The problem affects only those models equipped with a V-6 engine.

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The maker says it so far received word of seven incidents involving the 2013 Dodge Challenger. It is warning motorists to park the vehicles outside of their garages and away from homes or other structures in case they do catch fire.

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Honda, Chrysler Recalling Nearly 2 Million Vehicles

Makers blame airbag, transmission problems.

by on Aug.05, 2011

The Honda Accord is one of the vehicles involved in a large recall caused by a transmission problem.

Nearly 2 million vehicles will be impacted by a pair of recalls involving Honda and Chrysler.

The newest recall involves a potentially faulty transmission used on a variety of Honda vehicles built between the 2005 and 2010 model-years.  In all, about 1.5 million Hondas sold in the U.S. will be impacted, while 367,000 Chrysler products are covered by a safety recall involving defective airbag systems.

The Honda and Chrysler actions are just the latest in a series of large recalls this year that raise the possibility the auto industry will near or even exceed the total number of “service actions” last year which, at more than 20 million, was the largest total since 2004.

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The Honda recall involves the 2005-2010 4-cylinder Accord, the 2007-2010 CR-V and the 2005-2008 Element.  The maker says a software glitch can lead to damage if the automatic transmissions used in those vehicles “is quickly shifted between each of the reverse, neutral and drive positions, as may be done to dislodge a vehicle stuck in mud or snow.”

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Chrysler Recalls 2010 Dodge Nitro, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Liberty and Ram 1500 Models

Mexican built brake line by TI Automotive has a defective flare.

by on Jul.09, 2010

Leaking brake line can affect stopping distance.

Chrysler Group LLC is starting a safety recall involving more than 26,000 2010 model Dodge Nitro, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Liberty and Ram 1500 vehicles for a bad brake line connection from the master cylinder to the hydraulic control unit (HCU).

Some vehicles may have been built with a brake tube with an improperly formed flare that could leak fluid and lead to reduced braking performance.

Chrysler says it is not aware of any complaints, accidents, injuries or property damage related to this defect.

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The problem was discovered internally through “improved quality control processes.” Authorized dealers will conduct a voluntary safety recall on all potentially affected vehicles to inspect and replace the brake line. The recall will be completed at no cost to the customer as required by U.S. law.

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Chrysler Recalls 2007 Dodge Nitro Models

Windshield wipers can fail.

by on Nov.16, 2009

Intermittant function can destroy the relay.

Intermittent function can destroy the relay.

Chrysler is recalling about 85,000 Dodge Nitro models for windshield wiper failures.

Continental Automotive supplies what is called the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) relay, and it can fail, especially if the intermittent mode is used.

On January 22, 2007, TIPMs with updated software went into production at Chrysler Toledo North Assembly Plant.

Dealers will inspect and add external relays and update the totally integrated power module software to control the wiper functions. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2009.

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Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-835-1403.

Owners may also contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or go to http://www.safercar.gov.