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Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.9 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Problem could prevent airbags from deploying in a crash.

by on Sep.16, 2016

Fiat Chrysler has recalled 1.9 million vehicles, including 2010-2012 Jeep Compasses, due to faulty airbags.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.9 million vehicles globally to fix a problem that could prevent airbags from deploying during a collision.

Of the vehicles involved, 1.4 million were sold in the U.S., but nearly 225,000 were sold in Canada and another almost another 285,000 in Mexico. The vehicles involved are a group of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Lancias from the 2010-2014 model years.

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The problem stems from a flawed “occupant restraint control module,” according to the automaker. It’s designed to work in concert with a wire harness to determine if the vehicle has been involved in a crash. If it doesn’t work, the airbags may not deploy and seat belt pretensioners could fail to retract. (more…)

Feds Expand Probe of Fiat Chrysler Gear Shifters

Shifter “a real problem” cited in 121 crashes.

by on Feb.09, 2016

Federal safety regulators are expanding a probe of FCA vehicles, primarily the Jeep Grand Cherokee, due to problems with the transmission shifting mechanism.

Federal safety regulators are expanding a probe of more than 850,000 Fiat Chrysler cars and SUVs because the design of their electronic shifters could lead to confusion by drivers who exit the vehicles without putting them in park.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 314 complaints about the problem, along with reports of 121 crashes and 30 injuries. Most of the incidents involve Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs which account for about half of the models under investigation.

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The design of the new gear shift levers is “not intuitive and provides poor tactile and visual feedback to the driver,” according to a preliminary NHTSA report, “increasing the potential for unintended gear selection.” (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Latest to Beat Expectations With Q2 Earnings

Net income up despite hefty consent agreement charge.

by on Jul.30, 2015

FCA is in "execution mode," says Marchionne.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may have begun the third quarter on a sour note, slammed with a record fine for safety lapses, but it ended the second-quarter in fine tune, handily exceeding Wall Street earnings forecasts.

The company, officially registered in the Netherlands, earned a profit of 333 million Euros, or $364 million, even after a chargeback of $88.5 million as a result of the consent order formally announced last weekend. A year ago, FCA earned 197 million Euros, or $215 million, for the period. On a per-share basis, the maker reported earnings of $0.21 between April-June 2015, analysts surveyed by MarketWatch predicting the figure would come in around 19 cents.

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As has been the case for several years, the recovering Chrysler side of the business helped prop up the balance sheet, primarily due to strong demand – and rising prices – in North America. But FCA also saw improvements in a European market just rebounding after a long and deep recession.

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Chrysler Will Buy Back – Then Resell — Vehicles Under Consent Order

Agreement actually could drive increased FCA sales.

by on Jul.27, 2015

About 193,000 of the Dodge, Chrysler and Ram trucks may be eligible for buyback.

As part of the consent order Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has reached with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the maker will pay a record $105 million in fines and penalties – while also taking hundreds of thousands of recalled vehicles off the road.

In some cases, however, that may only be temporary. TheDetroitBureau.com has learned that the trans-Atlantic automaker intends to repair some of those vehicles and then resell them to the public. That could affect as many as 193,000 pickup trucks and SUVs, according to documents FCA has filed with NHTSA.

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“If we repurchase them we will resell them after performing the necessary service,” spokesman Eric Mayne told TheDetroitBureau.com, noting that was a step approved by federal regulators as part of the extensive consent order.

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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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Hyundai Recalls 205,000 Elantra Sedans

Power steering problem forces latest action.

by on Mar.02, 2015

Hyundai is recalling more than 200,000 Elantras in the U.S. due to a power-steering problem.

The new leader of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the agency would be an “enforcer” under his leadership, and thus far, Mark Rosekind is making good on his word as Hyundai announced a recall of more than 200,000 Elantra sedans.

The South Korean automaker is recalling 205,000 Elantras in the U.S. and another 58,000 in Canada from model years 2008 through 2010. An electronic power steering sensor could malfunction, disabling the power steering making steering the vehicle more difficult.

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That could increase the likelihood of a crash, according to NHTSA. Hyundai Motor America has not reported any injuries or accidents. The company plans to notify owners. Dealers will fix the problem at no cost to the owners. Owners with questions can call 855-671-3059. (more…)