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Three little recalls, one huge recall

by David Zatz on

FCA US has hit Friday running, with no less than four recalls.

First is a recall of fasteners used in just over one hundred 2016 minivans; these join the third row seat back and cushion frame. A supplier used an incorrectly set tool. Customers will be notified soon.

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Second is a recall of just around one hundred 2016 Jeep Cherokees, due to a supplier problem. No failures are known of yet but a failure would be dangerous. Customers will be notified soon.

Finally, around 16,550 Fiat 500e electric cars, 2013-16 model years, need a software upgrade because the computer may mis-read conditions and shut off the motor. Customers will be notified soon.

The last one is a much-publicized Takata airbag recall which covers over four million FCA US vehicles — in total, around 12 million vehicles sold by various automakers in the US. There have been no accidents or injuries in FCA US cars so far, and FCA US has tested 6,300 inflators without finding ruptures.

This is a preventive action and there appears to be little danger to individual owners at the moment; but after time passes, the danger is likely to increase, so customers should have the recall done when they get the notice. States with high heat and humidity are being dealt with first, due to a shortage of replacement parts. Because of lower risk, northern states and Canada will be targeted later. It affects:

  • Cars: 2005-12 300, 2008-12 Challenger, 2006-12 Charger, 2005-08 Magnum
  • Pickups: 2004-08 Ram 1500, 2005-09 Ram 2500, 2006-09 Ram 3500, 2005-11 Dakota, 2006-09 Mitsubishi Raider
  • SUVs: 2007-09 Aspen, 2004-09 Durango, 2007-12 Wrangler
  • Chassis-cabs: 2008-09 Sterling Bullet 4500/5500, 2007-10 Ram 3500, 2008-10 Ram 4500/5500

The company will contact all customers who have current contact information on file. Customers can call 800-853-1403 for details.

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