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It’s Recall Friday (updated)

by David Zatz on

Look out, Microsoft Patch Tuesday; today is FCA Recall Friday. In addition to the previously noted 2017 Challenger 5.7 recall, we have two more:

2011-14 Challengers, Chargers, 300s, and Durangos, and 2012-14 Grand Cherokees, with the 5.7 or 3.6 liter engine and 160, 180, or 220 amp alternator, may have sudden alternator failure which can cause stalling or, possibly, a fire. This is recall T36, expected to start on August 24.  442,214 vehicles are affected in the United States.

The issue is a diode failing due to cyclical loads induced by the electrohydraulic steering (EHPS). Failed diodes can also short, resulting in heat, smoke, or fire within the alternator. The recall replaces the alternators with upgraded units.

2011-15 Dodge Journeys may have an unexpected driver airbag deployment if the wiring harness has been damaged by steering wheel movement. Dealers will inspect the wiring and replace it if needed, and install a protective cover, for free. This recall, T47, is to start on August 21.

Analysis started in October 2014, when the problem affected a 2012 Caravan. The company quickly identified a plastic tab as the issue and removed it from Journeys being produced, but kept internal investigations open after quarantining parts with the tab.

As the investigation continued, engineers saw rubbing on the wrapping tape, but found the problem had limited scope. A report from the Canadian government provided more information, and the investigation was re-opened, but months of watching revealed no new cases. Finally, FCA US media relations told the engineers of a new issue, and the company moved forward despite the rarity of the issue. A Caravan recall took place on June 6; the Journey recall came after similar evidence showed the problem affected that car.

So far there have been no accidents and six minor injuries from this issue across 363,480 Journeys.

Some 2017 Ram 1500 pickups with 32-gallon gas tanks built at Warren may have broken fuel tank control valves, which could allow fuel to leak in a rollover. The tank will be replaced starting in the third quarter of 2017.

Some 2017 Jeep Compasses (coded MP) may have the user’s guides showing the batteries with the wrong polarity, causing hazards or injuries when jump starting according to the picture. The guides will be replaced starting in this quarter.  Updates courtesy David Potter.

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