If you drive a Dodge Durango or Jeep Grand Cherokee you might already know about the Fiat Chrysler recalls issued six months ago. Now that recall is expanding to cover over 450,000 SUVs worldwide. Is yours one of them?
Six months ago Fiat Chrysler recalled 188,000 2012-2013 Dodge Durango and 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs because there was a problem with the fuel pump relays. The relays are prone to deformation which can keep the vehicles from starting or cause them to stall.
The expanded recall followed the start of a formal investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration based on electronic failures linked to engine stalling, air bag failures, acceleration, or vehicle fires. The investigation covered 4.9 million Chrysler vehicles produced between 2007 and 2014. Now Fiat Chrysler has expanded the recall to cover 467,480 SUVs, including 338,216 in the United States, and others in Canada, Mexico, and other countries worldwide.
At the same time, the company has also announced another recall for nearly 26,000 2015 Chrysler 200 sedans. They say those vehicles’ 9-speed transmissions could malfunction and prevent the car from shifting into park. This problem could be invisible because the display will say the vehicle is in park when it is not. Until the repair can be made, Chrysler drivers should use the parking brake to keep their cars from rolling off.
For both recalls, Chrysler has promised that its dealers will notify customers and perform the necessary repairs. For the SUV fuel pumps, dealers will schedule times to make the repairs. The sedan transmissions can be addressed when owners bring the vehicles in for service. If you want to know whether your vehicle is affected, you can find out on the company’s website using your VIN.
If your car is affected by the Fiat Chrysler recalls, be certain to bring it to a local dealer as soon as you are able. Vehicle defects can cause serious, and sometimes fatal accidents. Even so, many drivers put off getting their vehicles repaired. Don’t procrastinate on these Fiat Chrysler recalls, or your SUV could stall out and your sedan could roll away. Don’t wait for the accident to happen. Schedule your recall repair as early as you can.
David Christensen is an auto accident attorney at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He and his team can help Michigan drivers recover for damages caused by manufacturers defects. If you or someone you know has been in a crash resulting from vehicle failure, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.