The Chrysler Pacifica minivan has completely changed the minivan game. Since its release in 2016 it has brought sleek style, funny commercials, and the first hybrid minivan with its 2017 model year. The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica is a popular minivan, selling around one hundred thousand units each year since its release in 2016.
When you buy a new car, you always hope that you won’t run into recalls. At worst a recall puts you in dire risk, and at best recalls are a huge inconvenience. Let’s take a look at the active NHTSA recall for the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica model year.
How many units are affected?
Potentially affecting 318,537 units, this 2020 Chrysler Pacifica recall is no joke. On closer inspection, however, we see that this recall affects 11 different models in the Fiat Chrysler family.
The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica 2019 and 2020 model years are affected, but so are the 2019 Dodge Challenger, 2019-2020 Dodge Durango, 2020 Jeep Cherokee, 2020 Jeep Gladiator, 2019-2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2019-2020 Jeep Renegade, 2019-2020 Jeep Wrangler, 2019-2020 Ram 1500, 2019-2020 Ram 2500, and the 2019-2020 Ram 3500.
Out of all these units, it’s hard to say how many of them are actually 2020 Chrysler Pacificas. If you own one, Chrysler will notify you and amend the issue free of charge, as is generally typical of recall repairs.
What is the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica recall for?
According to the NHTSA, the recall in question is an issue with back over prevention technology. The rear view camera is said to remain functioning even after drivers have moved out of reverse.
This poses the risk of distracting drivers because they can see the rear view as they drive. An 8.4 or 12 inch screen showing your rear isn’t exactly easy to look away from. That’s what makes this recall so dangerous.
The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica recall is an error with software. This error with the software gives drivers a little more visibility than they bargained for and it’s definitely something you’ll want to repair right away. All vehicles affected fail to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111 requirements for “Rearview Mirrors.”
When is the recall official?
This NHTSA recall is expected to officially go into effect on May 22, 2020. At this point, owners should receive notification. Chrysler customer service should also be willing to answer any questions owners have concerning the recall.
So, if you are driving along in your 2020 Chrysler Pacifica minivan and your rear still shows on the screen after you put the van in drive, your 2020 (or 2019) Pacifica has software problems. Be ready to get it handled at the end of May.
If you see this issue come up, we’d recommend immediate action. Sure, this 2020 Chrysler Pacifica recall is annoying. But getting your vehicle in and out of repair as soon as possible is important.
You need your van for everything, so a recall is a bit frustrating. Getting the repairs done ASAP will help put the inconvenience behind you and get back on the road for practice with the crew.