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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.

NHTSA opens investigation Chevy Equinox windshield wipers

Per Automotive News

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Tuesday it is investigating whether General Motors should recall an additional 1.7 million crossovers for windshield wiper failures.

GM recalled 367,000 2013 GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox crossovers in the United States in August 2016 to address the problem.

But after receiving 249 complaints about similar problems, the federal agency said it is probing whether the recall should be expanded to include an additional 1.7 million vehicles from the 2010-2016 model years.

The automaker said it is cooperating with the NHTSA review.

GM said it recalled the 2013 GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox SUVs "because warranty data showed a higher-than-expected failure rate," adding it has continued to monitor field data on other model years of those vehicles.

GM noted that no crashes or injuries related to the issue have been reported.

NHTSA’s opening Investigation report can be found here

NHTSA opens investigation into the 2013 Ford Escape

NHTSA opened an investigation into the 2013 Ford Escape for stalling concerns recently.  Direct from NHTSA:

Summary

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 40 Vehicle Owner Questionnaire (VOQ) reports for model year 2013 Ford Escape vehicles reporting that the vehicle will suddenly stall without warning while driving. The subject vehicles are equipped with a 1.6L GTDI (turbo) engine. Complainants allege stalling was caused by overheating of the engine resulting in delayed or no restart possible. 

A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to determine the scope, frequency, and potential safety-related consequences of the alleged defect. 

More information can be had here:  https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/inv/2018/INOA-PE18007-9851.PDF

The Ford Escape's are equipped with 1.6-liter gasoline turbocharged direct injection (GTDI) engines that may be overheating and causing issues with restarting after the engines have stalled.

NHTSA has received at least 40 complaints about 2013 Ford Escapes suddenly stalling without warning.

If you're in California and you own a 2013 Ford Escape and have experienced any issues related to stalling, door ajar lights, 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!

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NHTSA opens investigation into Ford F-150 and Ford Expedition for unexpected transmission downshifts

Ford transmissions that suddenly downshift are under investigation in nearly 1.4 million 2011-2013 Ford F-150, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the transmissions can unexpectedly downshift to 1st gear without warning, something that has caused at least two crashes.

NHTSA says in their investigation report:

In March of 2016 Ford Motor Company launched safety recall 16V-248 to address unexpected transmission downshifts to 1st gear occurring on certain model year 2011-2012 Ford F-150, Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator and Ford Mustang vehicles. An unexpected downshift to 1st gear can cause the vehicle to slow down suddenly and without warning. This can also cause the rear tires to skid or lock up, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford recalled vehicles built between certain production dates to address this defect.

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 123 reports concerning the automatic transmission unexpectedly downshifting into a lower gear without input since the launch of 16V-248 on model year 2011-2013 Ford F-150, Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles. Many reports claim the vehicle was not covered under 16V-248 despite having the same symptoms. Additionally, some reports indicate that the remedy was not effective. ODI has received 2 reports of crashes and no injuries.

ODI has opened this investigation to further analyze the scope, frequency and consequence of the alleged incidents. 

A link to the investigation opening report is here.

If you’ve taken your Ford F-150, Ford Expedition, or Lincoln Navigator to a dealership for issues relating to poor shifting, transmission issues or downshifting (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!

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!

 

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!

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!