Fiat Chrysler Recalls 600K Vehicles for Safety Issues

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced three recalls involving 600,000 SUVs, trucks, and minivans around the globe, with approximately 480,000 vehicles sold to consumers in the United States. Included in the group being recalled are Ram trucks, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Durango, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. In a statement noting each issue, the automaker claimed it is not aware of injuries related to the vehicle defects.

Fuel-heater housing recall

The largest of the three recalls involves 381,876 Ram pickups and chassis cabs from model year 2010 through 2014. Certain trucks with the 6.7-liter Cummings diesel engines are being investigated for fuel-heating housings that have overheated. Because of the potential for fire in the housing, Fiat Chrysler is recalling the vehicles to inspect for signs of leakage. If it identifies a problem, it will replace the housing with new terminals.

About 315,000 of the trucks are in the U.S., the automaker said. The Chrysler Group will notify owners of affected trucks in order to set up a time for inspection.

ESC software upgrade

Fiat Chrysler’s second October 29 recall involved the electronic stability control (ESC) software in 184,186 vehicles around the globe. In certain 2014 Dodge Durango and 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs, the cover protecting the vehicle’s circuit board may interfere with communication and stop ESC from functioning properly. About 132,000 vehicles in the U.S. are part of the voluntary automaker recall. The Chrysler Group will notify owners on how and when to schedule a software upgrade in November.

The third recall of the week involved warning lights flashing on the vehicle console.

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Tire pressure monitors

Fiat Chrysler announced its third recall involving two campaigns and 33,443 vehicles in the U.S. on October 30. In 2014 Ram ProMaster vans, a potential 23,053 vehicles may have faulty tire pressure monitor (TPM) sensors that can give drivers false warnings and fail to give warnings when there is an issue with tire pressure.The Chrysler Group will upgrade software to fix the defect.

The second campaign involves 10,390 Grand Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans from the 2014 model year. These vehicles were delivered with a test mode that was meant to removed before shipment. As a result, inaccurate tire pressure readings are possible. Technicians will reconfigure the TPM system at the automaker’s expense.

Through the first 10 months of  2014, Fiat Chrysler has recalled 5.2 million automobiles, according to figures cited by The Detroit News. That number already surpasses the automaker’s total of 4.7 million recalled in 2013. The total number of recalls across the industry has already broken 50 million vehicles in 2014, making this year the worst in history.