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Fiat Chrysler faces record fines and buy-backs for mishandled recalls

A settlement between the U.S. and Fiat Chrysler will require the Italian-American automaker to buy back potentially hundreds of thousands of Dodge Ram pickup trucks from customers and pay a record $105 million civil fine for its alleged misconduct in 23 safety recalls affecting more than 11 million vehicles. Fiat Chrysler also agreed to allow owners of more than a million older Jeeps with dangerously positioned rear gas tanks to trade them in or get paid to have the vehicles repaired. The agreement signals a tougher stance by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has fallen under harsh ... Read More

Death report prompts federal regulators to launch probe of Dodge Ram clutch interlock

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into an estimated 110,000 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks with manual transmissions, saying it has received reports that the clutch interlocks on the model year 2004-2006 vehicles may be defective. One of the complaints triggering the investigation involved the death of a child struck by one of the trucks. NHTSA regulators said that three complaints it has received about the trucks indicate they can be started even when the driver’s foot is not on the clutch. “One complaint involved an incident that occurred when a child was able ... Read More

Chrysler recalls more than 75,000 Fiat, Dodge and Jeep vehicles for various problems

Chrysler has announced several recalls affecting Fiat, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. More than 75,000 automobiles will be affected. Model-year 2011-12 Dodge Charger sedans had around 43,450 vehicles included in this recall. These vehicles are equipped with halogen headlights. According to a statement by Chrysler, the recalled sedan’s headlamp jumper harness, along with other headlight components, have the potential to overheat during use. In 2012, a recall of police vehicles had the same issue, despite no injuries or accidents occurring due to the issue. Dodge Charger dealers will be asked to inspect and, if needed, replace the headlamp jumper harness and bulbs ... Read More