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Chrysler recalls nearly 300,00 Ram 1500 in US

FCA (Chrysler) has issued a recall for 296,000 2019-2010 Ram 1500’s that need repairs to prevent the airbags and seat belt pretensioners from failing.

The 2019-2020 Ram 1500s have software problems related to the occupant restraint controllers which can disable the airbags. A software error may occur when the engine is turned off, NHTSA says. If a computer module doesn't properly reset, the airbags and seat-belt pretensioners wouldn't work properly in a collision. Fiat Chrysler says the 2019-2020 RAM 1500’s have software with vulnerabilities "during power-down memory clean-up events which can corrupt flash memory."

FCA says about a third of the recalled trucks are still at dealerships, and the 2020 trucks are pre-production models that the automaker still owns.

The repairs are expected to be available this month.

Vehicles recalled: 295,981 Ram 1500 pickup trucks from the 2019-2020 model years, built from Oct. 31, 2017 through May 21, 2019. 

The problem: Software in the computer module that controls the airbags and seat belt pretensioners may become corrupt. If that happens, those systems would be disabled.

The fix: Dealerships will reprogram the module or replace it as necessary at no charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact FCA US LLC customer service at 800-853-1403. FCA's numbers for this recall are V61 and V71.

NHTSA’s campaign number: 19V407.  

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.

2013-2016 Dodge Dart Transmission Recall

From the NHTSA Defect Summary:

Safety Recall V34 NHTSA 19V293

Transmission Shift Cable Bushing - 2013- 2016 Dodge Dart (April 11, 2019)

Shifter Cable Bushing May Detach From Transmission

If the shifter cable detaches from the transmission, the vehicle may not perform the shifts performed by the driver. Additionally, despite selecting PARK with the shifter, the vehicle may roll away. These scenarios may increase the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V293

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

Components POWER TRAIN

Potential Number of Units Affected 298,439

Summary Chrysler

(FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2013-2016 Dodge Dart vehicles equipped with 6-speed automatic transmissions. The shifter cable bushing may fail allowing the shift cable to detach from the transmission. Remedy Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission side shifter cable bushing, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May

Safety Recall V34 NHTSA 19V293 Transmission Shift Cable Bushing – 2013-2016 Dodge Dart | FCA

Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is V34. Notes Owners may also contact the National Highway Trac Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

FCA Chrysler Recall about 850,000 vehicles for improper emissions standards

In what is slowly becoming a new trend with automobile manufacturers, a new recall has been issued for FCA vehicles and their emissions systems. Wall Street Journal posits:

The company’s voluntary recall of 862,520 vehicles includes several models of the Dodge Journey, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Caliber and Jeep Compass, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.

VEHICLES AFFECTED

Dodge Journey, 2011-2016 model years

  • Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger, 2011-2014 model years

  • Dodge Caliber, 2011-2012 model years

  • Jeep Compass/Patriot, 2011-2016 model years

The recall, which includes vehicles going back to the 2011 model year, will be implemented in phases this year with the oldest vehicles being called back first, the EPA said. The recall will involve the replacement of components that are part of a vehicle’s catalytic converter.

Fiat Chrysler representatives weren’t immediately available for comment.

Owners of the affected vehicles will still be able to drive their cars. Fiat Chrysler will reach out to owners when parts become available and customers will be asked to bring them to the dealership for repair, the agency said.

Ostensibly, the recall was issued with the cooperation of the EPA, who said they '“welcome the action by Fiat Chrysler to voluntarily recall its vehicles that do not meet U.S. emissions standards," EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.

"We will provide assistance to consumers navigating the recall and continue to ensure that auto manufacturers abide by our nation's laws designed to protect human health and the environment."

Fiat Chrysler owners can continue to drive their vehicles, the government said. Due to the "large number of vehicles involved and the need to supply replacement components — specifically to the vehicle's catalytic converter — this recall will be implemented in phases during the 2019," the EPA said

FCA recalling more than 800,000 Dodge RAM trucks due to steering and brake issues.

Fiat Chrysler announced that it will recall over 880,000 Ram trucks over steering and brake concerns.

The first recall affects 2013-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 models because a nut in the vehicle's steering system could become loose and make it impossible for the driver to steer. FCA has received reports of one injury stemming from this issue and eight accidents that are possibly related.

The second recall affects over 200,000 2019 Ram 1500 models and their adjustable brake pedal system. If a driver sets the pedal to its rearmost position, the pedal could become detached from the braking system which is obviously very unsafe. This brake pedal recall comes just a month after a separate recall that stems from a potential loss of power steering in 2019 Ram 1500 models.

More information can be had here (Link to Car and Driver - NHTSA hasn’t updated their webpage with the Recall Summary yet, unfortunately. I’ll update this when it is uploaded).

Government investigating FCA Dodge Regarding 2015-2016 Dodge Ram 2500 Steering

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating Ram 2500 steering linkage problems after reports that drivers completely lost the ability to steer the trucks.

NHTSA says 2015-2016 Ram 2500 four-wheel-drive trucks may have trouble with the drag links.

According to NHTSA, the drag link is a steering linkage that connects the right front steering knuckle and the pitman arm on the steering box output shaft.

Two Ram 2500 drivers claim they lost the ability to steer the trucks, both times while the vehicles were in motion. In one case, the driver was traveling 65-70 mph on a highway when the steering linkage separated as the truck was going around a left turn.

From NHTSA:

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has identified two complaints alleging the steering system failed on model year (MY) 2015 and 2016 Ram 2500s. Both vehicles were equipped with four wheel drive, and both failures occurred while the vehicle was in operation. The failures were allegedly due to the separation of the drag link, a steering linkage that connects between the right front steering knuckle and the pitman arm on the steering box output shaft. The separation occurred at a threaded coupler within the drag link intended to be used for adjusting the length of the linkage during maintenance (alignment) of the steering system. Once separation occurs, turning the steering wheel has no effect, and there is no way for the driver to control or maintain the direction of the vehicle.

In one report, the complainant alleges the linkage separated while the vehicle was negotiating a left hand curve on a highway traveling at a speed of 65 to 70 MPH. As a result the vehicle departed the right side of the roadway and was brought to a stop in an unimproved shoulder area. An injury is alleged due to the vehicle encountering rough surfaces (ditches) on the shoulder. The second report involved a separation that, based on complainant interview occurred while the vehicle was being driven (reversed) out of a parking space. The drag link and coupler assembly had to be replaced to repair both vehicles.

About 200,000 model year 2015-2016 Ram 2500 four-wheel-drive trucks are the focus of the investigation.

More information from NHTSA can be had here.

Ram Trucks Are Recalled Because Tailgates Can Open Unexpectedly

Ram is recalling 1.1 million pickup trucks from the 2015 through 2017 model years because their tailgates can open unexpectedly, potentially letting cargo fall out, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The agency's concern is that cargo tumbling out the back of the truck could lead to an accident.

Affected vehicles include Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks with 5-foot-6-inch or 6-foot-4-inch beds and power locking tailgates. Trucks with 8-foot beds and trucks without power locking tailgates are not included in the recall, NHTSA said.
 

From Consumer Affairs

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V486
Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)
Components STRUCTURE, LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
Potential Number of Units Affected 1,149,237

Tailgate May Open Unexpectedly

If the tailgate latch releases and the tailgate opens while driving, cargo may fall out, creating a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash.

Summary
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2015-2017 RAM 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup trucks equipped with a power locking tailgate and either a 5 foot, 7 inch or 6 foot, 4 inch bed. The tailgate actuator limiter tab may fracture and cause the tailgate to unlatch and open while driving.

RecallJoshua ValeroFCA
FCA Chrysler manufacturer with most recalls, per WSJ.

A glitch in its vehicles’ cruise-control feature has vaulted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to the No. 1 spot in a category in the U.S. most car companies want to avoid: recalls.

The Italian-U.S. auto maker launched a recall campaign in late May to address a flaw in more than five million vehicles that could prevent drivers from canceling cruise control should an “unlikely sequence of events” occur, the company said.

The malfunction risks causing a vehicle to maintain a set speed even when a motorist taps the brakes or flips a switch to turn off cruise control.

The company said it would provide updated software to fix the problem and wasn’t aware of any injuries tied to it. Company officials described the recall as a proactive move to ensure customers’ safety after it found only one driver who experienced the glitch.

Still, it is the latest in a series of recalls Fiat Chrysler has made. The company so far this year has recalled more than six million cars and trucks in the U.S. spanning nearly two dozen campaigns, according to government data.

Ford Motor Co. has the second-highest total, with more than two million vehicles recalled.

Problem CarsFiat Chrysler has recalled more vehicles annually than other car companies over the past several years.Fiat Chrysler and industrywide recalls in the U.S.Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Fiat Chrysler has recalled more vehicles in each of the past three years than any other U.S. auto maker, with 5.4 million in 2017, 8.8 million in 2016 and 11.5 million in 2015, the data show. Some of the totals include recalls of vehicles with faulty Takata Corp. air bags, which affected nearly every auto maker.

Fiat Chrysler has emerged as one of the most scrutinized companies in the wake of an unprecedented U.S. government crackdown on auto-safety practices industrywide. Revelations of flaws with General Motors Co. ignition switches linked to 124 deaths and 275 injuries, and exploding Takata air bags now tied to nearly two dozen fatalities and hundreds of injuries, led to record U.S. recalls of roughly 50 million vehicles annually for several years starting in 2014. The annual totals, though ebbing, remain at elevated levels with roughly 31 million vehicles recalled in 2017 and nearly 15 million so far this year.

Fiat Chrysler’s cruise-control action follows a recall to address more than two million of its heavy-duty and light-duty trucks with gear shifts that can inadvertently be moved from the “park” position, an action started in December and expanded in February. In October, Fiat Chrysler separately recalled more than 700,000 sport-utility vehicles with a brake defect and nearly 470,000 sedans and SUVs that can fail to deploy safety restraints designed to prevent whiplash in crashes.

Recall totals don’t necessarily reflect systemic problems at an auto maker, and Fiat Chrysler is far from the only one grappling with them. Ford recalls have cost it than $1 billion dating back to late 2016. The company recently launched a rare “do not drive” recall covering older trucks with air bags at heightened risk of exploding. Ford has said the financial charges reflect efforts to be transparent amid record recalls across the industry and don’t suggest consistent manufacturing problems, and that the company moved quickly to protect customers from risky air bags.

“It is always more positive for a manufacturer to get something dangerous off the road, even if those recall numbers are big,” said Jason Levine, executive director at the Center for Auto Safety, an advocacy group started in 1970 by Ralph Nader and Consumers Union. “That said, when you become the industry leader in something that speaks to the number of recalls, that’s rarely positive.”

The cruise-control action stemmed partly from Fiat Chrysler’s decision several years ago to start using computer analytics to spot problems before they spread, with a goal of launching proactive recalls, Mark Chernoby, the company’s chief technical compliance officer, said in an interview.

To find vehicle glitches, Fiat Chrysler’s computer system searches keywords spanning multiple databases, including consumer complaints to U.S. safety regulators, customer-service calls and repair orders from dealerships, he said.

“We’re going to be able to act upon issues much faster than we have in the past before they become an issue in the marketplace,” Mr. Chernoby said. The company found only one instance of the cruise-control glitch, but “we don’t want to take any further risk with our customers,” he said, adding that he doesn’t focus on a recall’s size when making decisions.

Mr. Chernoby predicted that the size of recalls would ultimately decrease as manufacturers use technology to find problems faster. Fiat Chrysler found the cruise-control problem many years after the system had been installed in vehicles, which led to a larger recall, he said.

Modern cars’ increased use of software also is likely to prompt auto makers to launch more recalls, he said. “The complexity of software in automobiles is becoming a much larger part of the things we have to look at and investigate and act upon,” Mr. Chernoby said.

Nevertheless, the cruise-control recall adds to the challenges confronting Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne in what is expected to be his final year in that role. They also include stricter environmental regulations in Europe, allegations the company rigged diesel-powered vehicles to cheat on U.S. emissions tests and accusations from federal prosecutors that the company conspired with the United Auto Workers union on illegal payments to influence labor negotiations.

Fiat Chrysler has denied using illegal software to dupe emissions tests, and Mr. Marchionne and outgoing UAW President Dennis Williams have each denied that the company and union, respectively, knew of the alleged labor-related misconduct.

Fiat Chrysler has weathered fines, sanctions and high-profile litigation linked to safety practices with no sustained fallout to the company’s stock or retail sales.

Fiat Chrysler’s use of computer software to catch safety problems predates a then-record 2015 settlement with federal regulators over lapses with nearly two dozen recalls covering more than 11 million vehicles, including older Jeeps with rear gasoline tanks linked to numerous fatal fires, a spokesman said. Regulators hit the company with financial penalties twice that year for compliance lapses.

—Andrea Fuller contributed to this article.

Write to Mike Spector at mike.spector@wsj.com

RecallJoshua ValeroFCA
FCA denies rampant clutch issues in Dodge Dart

FCA (Chrysler) was recently able to beat class action certification against California consumers who accused Fiat Chrysler of offering a meager response to alleged clutch defects. 

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel followed up on a tentative ruling and formally rejected proposals for three classes of drivers in California and nationwide who purchased vehicles from FCA US LLC with allegedly faulty clutches that stuck to the floor.  Those vehicles are

  • 2013-2015 Dodge Darts

There have actually been more than a few complaints regarding these vehicles, as evidenced here, here and here.  

Unfortunately, this means that FCA is denying that there are issues with these vehicles AND they've won in court in a class action context.  

HOWEVER.

That doesn't defeat an individual claim here.  If you're in California and you own a 2013-2015 Dodge Dart and have experienced any issues related to poor shifting, transmission failure or any other concern that was covered under the manufacturer's warranty, please contact us immediately at 424-299-4447 for a free consultation for information regarding your vehicle and a potential lemon law claim!

Chrysler recalls 4.8 MILLION vehicles over cruise control issue

 Fiat Chrysler  is recalling nearly five million vehicles in the U.S. to fix a programming flaw that could prevent drivers from canceling the cruise control to slow their cars

The auto maker said that drivers could lose control of vehicle speed “in an unlikely series of events” involving a short circuit in an electrical network, which would then maintain a set speed even if the brakes are tapped or a driver attempts to turn off the cruise control function.

NHTSA goes on to state:

FCA is recalling approximately 4.8 million vehicles to address a defect that could prevent the cruise control system from disengaging. Should this error occur, drivers may be able to stop the vehicle by depressing the brake pedal. The vehicle can then be placed into park once stopped. Drivers may also: 1) shift the transmission to neutral, 2) forcefully apply the manual brake, and 3) place the vehicle in park once stopped.

Vehicle owners should contact FCA at (866) 220-6747 for additional information concerning this recall. Report potential safety issues to NHTSA by calling (888) 327-4236 or submitting a complaint online at NHTSA.gov. Affected models, as currently identified by FCA, are:

  • Dodge Journey MY 2014-2018 SUV

  • Dodge Durango MY 2014-2018 SUV 

  • Dodge Challenger MY 2015-2018 2-Door 

  • Dodge Charger MY 2014-2018 4-Door 

  • Ram 3500 MY 2014-2018 Pickup Truck

  • Ram 3500 Cab Chassis MY 2014-2018 Pickup Truck

  • Ram 3500 Less Than 10,000 Pound Cab Chassis MY 2016-2018 Pickup Truck

  • Ram 2500 MY 2014-2018 Pickup Truck

  • Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis MY 2014-2018 Pickup Truck

  • Ram 1500 MY 2014-2019 Pickup Truck

  • Jeep Wrangler MY 2018 SUV

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee MY 2014-2018 SUV 

  • Jeep Cherokee MY 2014-2018 SUV 

  • Chrysler 300 MY 2014-2018 4-Door 

  • Chrysler Pacifica MY 2017-2018 Van 

  • Chrysler 200 MY 2015-2017 4-Door 

Fiat Chrysler’s Attempt to Dismiss Emissions-Cheating Case Fails

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on Chrysler's attempt to escape a class action lawsuit against the auto manufacturer.  This is remarkably similar to the Volkswagen Diesel-gate issue that occurred two years ago, where VW knowingly skirted federal emission rules.  In relevant part, the WSJ says: 

A federal judge late Thursday denied Fiat Chrysler’s motion to dismiss a civil case in California, ruling that owners of more than 100,000 2014-2016 Ram pickup trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicles with diesel engines can proceed to trial on claims the company cheated U.S. emissions tests and allowed its automobiles to pollute more than 20 times beyond legal limits. Vehicle owners allege they paid thousands of dollars above gasoline-powered models for Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles that were improperly deemed environmentally friendly

Full article can be found here.  

If you're in California and you’ve taken your Dodge Ram or Jeep Grand Cherokee to a dealership for issues above, from emissions issues to catalytic converter problems, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

 

 

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2017 Jeep Renegade Oil Pump Housing Recall

Last February I wrote about transmission problems in certain 2014-2015 Jeep Renegades.  Hot on the heels of that, FCA / Chrysler has announced a recall for the 2017 Jeep Renegade for an 'engine stall' condition.   From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Oil Pump Housing Crack may Cause Engine Stall

An engine stall can increase the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V131000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

Components ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2017 Jeep Renegade vehicles equipped with a 2.4L engine. These vehicles may be equipped with a cracked oil pump housing/balance shaft module (BSM), which can cause the oil pump to fail and the engine to stall.

Remedy

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the oil pump for its production information, and replace the BSM as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 13, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is U18.

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Chrysler Pacifica Recall issued..... after class action lawsuit filed

On January 5, 2018 I wrote about a class action lawsuit filed that covered 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacificas and an alleged engine stalling defect.  Eight (8!) days later, Chrysler issued a recall for 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacificas for...... a stalling defect!  From Autoblog:

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday it was recalling more than 162,000 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans because a software glitch may cause the vehicles to stall.

The Italian-American automaker said one accident had potentially been linked to the defect. Under a rare set of conditions, a vehicle's engine control module may incorrectly assess the engine's operating status and cause it to stall, Fiat Chrysler said.

Dealers will update the engine control software, the company said, adding that most incidents associated with the glitch took place at low speeds or when the vehicles were starting up.

The Center for Auto Safety, a consumer advocacy group, petitioned the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in November to investigate the issue after it said at least 50 owners had reported stalling in new Pacifica minivans. The agency asked Fiat Chrysler to answer questions about the stalling last month.

Fiat Chrysler said it had begun investigating the issue before the petition was filed.

The recall includes nearly 154,000 vehicles in the United States and more than 8,000 others around the world, but the company did not immediately say when the new software would be available.

Hybrid gas-electric versions of the minivans are not included in the recall.

I consider this a win for consumers!

1.5 million Ram trucks recalled to fix shifter problem

Per Consumer Reports, Chrysler is recalling 1.5 million mostly heavy-duty RAM pickups to fix a part that could allow the truck to shift out of park and roll without depressing the brake pedal.

Chrysler says tests revealed that the interlock, which is supposed to keep the transmission from shifting out of park without the driver's foot on the brake and without a key in the ignition, may malfunction if subjected to high temperatures for long periods. The recall is limited to vehicles equipped with shifters mounted on the steering columns; those with rotary-dial shifters or floor-mounted shifters aren't affected, and model-year 2017 trucks built after Dec. 31, 2016, are excluded.

Trucks covered by the recall are certain

  • 2010-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups
  • 2011-2017 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs
  • 2016 and 2017 Ram 3500 chassis cabs of less than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.

Some 2009 through 2017 Ram 1500 pickups are also included in the recall. 

Chrysler says it’s “aware of seven potentially related injuries and a small number of potentially related accidents.” Chrysler recommends that customers always use parking brakes and not leave children unattended in parked cars.

NHTSA opens investigation into 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into complaints of stalling in 2017 Chrysler Pacificas.  In their own words, NHTSA says they'll open an investigation if "... enough consumers contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and file a report about the same problem with the same type of vehicle, the NHTSA may decide to open an investigation."  This can ultimately lead to a recall of those cars.  

The opening investigation report can be found here.

If you’ve taken your Chrysler Pacifica to a dealership for issues relating to stalling (or any other concern), we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

 

Chrysler is recalling approximately 50,000 Pacifica minivans

Per the NHTSA recall notice

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles equipped with the 8-passenger seating option. In certain passenger seating and vehicle situations, the second-row center seating position seat belt buckle could cause the left outboard seat belt to become unlatched.

Remedy

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a shorter second-row seat belt buckle, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 20, 2017. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is T54.

Fiat Chrysler Recall: Crash Detection in Jeep Liberty and Chrysler 200

Another recall for Fiat Chrysler to deal with, this time involving headrests that can malfunction in rear collisions.  FCA says that " a safety restraint control computer can degrade after several years of use....  That can stop the headrests from moving forward in a crash to protect front-row occupants from whiplash injuries."  The Wall Street Journal says"  

DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCAU 0.85% NV on Friday issued a recall for nearly 470,000 sedans and SUVs with a fault-prone component that may not deploy safety restraints designed to prevent whiplash in a crash.

The company said 414,134 of the recalled vehicles were sold in the U.S., where it was informed of the problem by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA opened an investigation into the issue in June.

The recall affects 2012 model year Jeep Liberty SUVs and 2012-2013 model year Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger mid-sized sedans, Fiat Chrysler said.

The auto maker said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries linked to the defect, which involves an electronic detection device that may not deploy front row head restraints in the event of a rear-end crash.

Fiat Chrysler said it would send out recall notices next month to owners of the 469,988 affected vehicles sold world-wide.

Earlier this month, the company issued an unrelated recall for 709,837 sport-utility vehicles sold in North America with a potential braking defect. That followed recalls last month for about 50,000 Pacifica minivans and almost a half-million pickups and work trucks.

Frankly, most of the news posted lately has concerned Fiat Chrysler and safety recalls, which is very worrying.  

If you’ve taken your Jeep Liberty, Chrysler 200, or Dodge Avenger to a dealership issues that were covered under the manufacturer's warranty, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

2017 Challenger, Charger Hellcats recalled for potential oil line failure

If you own a Hellcat, either a Charger or Challenger, built between Feb. 6, 2017, and May 30, 2017, this is very relevant to you.  NHTSA officially acknowledged a recall from Chrysler for engine oil cooler lines that could fail, leading to major oil loss. Which of course could lead to severe engine damage.

According to the recall information, the issue lies in the rubber used in the oil cooler line. Chrysler's testing revealed that the rubber didn't meet the company's criteria. As a result it was able to separate from a crimped aluminum portion of the line, letting oil spill out.

The recall goes into effect on Sept. 22, which is when Chrysler will start reaching out to owners to alert them. The company will replace the oil cooler lines free of charge. Owners can call Chrysler's customer service at 1-800-853-1403 with any questions regarding the recall, which has the reference code "T48."

Another Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee Recall (Brakes)

Fiat Chrysler Auto (FCA) issued another huge recall on a series of vehicles it already issued a recall on.  No word yet on how long it'll take FCA to get these components in stock, especially given FCA's track record of not having recall components in stock and getting fined by NHTSA for that.  In pertinent part, the Detroit Free Press says [bold font edits are mine]:

Fiat Chrysler announced it is recalling more than 700,000 Jeep and Dodge sport-utility vehicles to resolve a potential problem with the vehicles’ brakes that can make it difficult to stop.

The action affects Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos from model years 2011–14 with about 646,000 of those vehicles in the U.S. 

The company said a mistake installing the brake-booster shields may allow water intrusion, which can cause corrosion and freezing, impacting the functionality of the brakes. Signs of a problem include excessive brake-pedal firmness, activations of the anti-lock brakes and illumination of a warning light.

It isn’t the first time FCA has tried to resolve the problem. In fact, the installation of the shields was supposed to eliminate the issue in 2014. However, some weren’t installed correctly the company discovered reviewing warranty data.

If you’ve taken your Grand Cherokee or Durango to a dealership issues that were covered under the manufacturer's warranty, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

New 2012-2017 Jeep Wrangler Radiator Class Action

A new automobile class action case was filed in New York regarding 2012-2017 Jeep Wrangler vehicles titled Malizia et. al. v. FCA US, LLC.  In this class action, plaintiffs allege that the Class Vehicles have a systemic heater defect that causes premature failure of the cooling system.  

According to the Jeep class action, Fiat Chrysler uses two different methods (sand-casting and die-casting) to manufacture components of Jeep Wrangler’s Pentastar engines. Combining these two components causes sand to build-up in the radiator, leading to failure of other systems.  Fiat Chrysler has already issued a warranty extension (x56) for certain Pentastar engines in 2014 due to issues with those engines.  That warranty extension is accessible here.  

The plaintiffs seek to represent a nationwide Class of consumers who purchased or leased a 2012-2017 Jeep Wrangler, as well as a New York subclass for violations of state law. The Jeep class action alleges that Fiat Chrysler breached express and implied warranties and was negligent in allowing the defective components into their vehicles.

If you’ve taken your 2012-2017 Jeep Wrangler to a dealership issues that were covered under the manufacturer's warranty, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!