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Urgent Fiat Chrysler recall issued on certain SUVS

Although past recalls have determined certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles to have defects, about five dozen of these vehicles are now under “urgent recall.” Manufacturer Fiat Chrysler has instructed owners to stop driving the vehicles immediately. The urgently recalled vehicles, all from the 2015 model year, feature a flawed suspension component that may break during use, causing the driver “rear-end instability and/or reduced braking power.” The vehicles were found to be defective by a supplier conducting an internal quality review. Shortly after the discovery, Fiat Chrysler halted shipments of the new vehicles from its plant. Now that the problem has ... Read More

Unsuccessful Jeep recall repairs prompt NHTSA query after continued reports of fires

After an unsuccessful Jeep recall including Jeep and Dodge SUVs, vehicles are reportedly still catching fire, prompting a recall query to investigate why. Nearly 895,000 previously recalled Jeep and Dodge SUVs now have auto safety regulators scratching their heads after reports that the vehicles’ sun visors are still catching fire. While no injuries have been reported as a result of the fires, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a public statement announcing a “recall query” to look into what exactly is causing the fires. According to the NHTSA recall query announcement, approximately eight reports of fires have been received from ... Read More

Chrysler issues recall for Jeep and Durango vehicles while NHTSA investigates Ford steering shaft risk

Chrysler has just issued a recall of 895,000 vehicles for a potential fire hazard. Specifically, 651,000 of its Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango SUV models 2011-2014 manufactured in the United States. Also 500,000 Fords are being investigated for steering problems. The source of the problem in the Chrysler vehicles comes from the wiring in the vanity mirror. The vehicles that have been recalled were “involved in a repair related to servicing the vanity mirror and/or headliner, the wiring — located inside the sun visor — may be subject to short-circuit and fire if not appropriately reassembled by the ... 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

Chrysler refuses to recall Jeep vehicles despite risk for deadly, fiery crashes

Chrysler is refusing to recall 2.7 million vehicles to fix fuel tank problems that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says made the cars more susceptible to catching fire when rear-ended and may have caused at least 338 deaths. The issue involves the placement of fuel tanks in 1993 to 2004 model year Jeep Grand Cherokees. Those vehicles have fuel tanks located behind the rear bumper, which critics say make the tanks more likely to rupture and leak fuel during rear-end crashes, which increases the probability of the vehicles catching fire. NHTSA launched an investigation on 1993 to 2004 ... Read More

Chrysler recalls nearly 1 million Jeep Grand Cherokees, Jeep Liberties

Chrysler is recalling nearly a million of its Jeep vehicles worldwide because the airbags may deploy automatically while the vehicles are in operation. The recall affects 2002 to 2004 model year Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Liberties, and involves nearly 750,000 vehicles in the United States. The problem involves the front and side airbags, which can go off at any moment, as well as the sudden tightening of seatbelts. The airbag deployments can increase the risk of injury and the chances of a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Chrysler says there have been no reports ... Read More

Chrysler to discontinue Jeep Liberty vehicles

Chrysler is expected this week to announce it will discontinue making Jeep Liberty vehicles. The small SUVs have been popular even though they are part of a major safety investigation involving dangerous fiery crashes. Insiders say the Liberty will be replaced by a true crossover, keeping in tune with U.S. buying trends, and will come complete with a new name that has yet to be revealed. In the interim, the Toledo North factory that makes the Liberty will close so that construction can begin for the new vehicle. During this months-long process, Chrysler employees will be laid off. However, when the ... Read More

Fiery crashes in Jeep vehicles heat up NHTSA investigation

Stacey Mayer was just 19 years old when the 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee she was driving was struck from behind by another vehicle driven by a man who was suffering a seizure. Stacey’s car bounced through the intersection and ended up smashing into the guardrail on the other side, then burst into flames. Reports of Jeep vehicles catching fire after rear-end crashes was becoming an alarming trend, one that caught the attention of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Center for Auto Safety. The group petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2009 – two years after Stacey’s accident – to ... Read More

Court upholds $5.08 million jury verdict in defective Jeep case

A Louisiana state appeals court ruled to uphold the 2008 jury award of $5.08 million to a couple whose unborn son was fatally injured when the family’s 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee slipped into reverse and crushed the expectant mother’s midsection against a brick column. DaimlerChrysler, the parent company of Jeep, said the jury award was excessive and appealed the case. The automaker also complained that the judge who presided over the trial made several errors. However, on September 24, a three-judge panel in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected both of the company’s claims and ruled to uphold the ... Read More