Fiat Chrysler US has issued two recalls covering a total of about 570,000 Jeep and Dodge models. The first concerns vanity mirror wiring in the Jeep Grand Cherokee from the 2011 and 2012 model years, and in Dodge Durango units built before September 12, 2012. The automaker recalled almost 900,000 units last year to repair the issue, then faced more issues this year when the fires continued in repaired vehicles. This new recall seeks to resolve the issue, FCA saying that the post-recall fires happened in a tiny percentage of vehicles equipped with a specific wiring package. This recall is for 352,831 total units in the US, another 26,478 in Canada, 13,037 in Mexico, and 84,330 internationally. No injuries or deaths have been reported. FCA says it will inform customers as to when they can schedule a service visit to remedy the issue.
The second recall takes aim at 60,107 examples of the Jeep Compass and Patriot from the 2015 model year in the US, plus 5,755 in Canada, 3,351 in Mexico, and 23,995 in other markets. Those models could suffer from an out-of-position clamp on the power steering fluid line. The error could allow fluid to leak, increasing the risk of a fire if the fluid ends up on a hot surface. In the case of a complete loss of fluid, drivers will need to use a lot more effort to steer. The automaker reports no injuries or accidents, and will advise customers when to head to the dealer for service.
Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango
Statement: Vanity-Mirror Wiring
December 24, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC is recalling an estimated 352,831 SUVs in the U.S. to help ensure vanity-mirror wiring may be serviced more consistently.
Overheating conditions were reported among a small percentage of vehicles (<0.02%) serviced in connection with a related recall, conducted previously.** An FCA US LLC investigation discovered the service procedure, if not followed precisely, may leave vehicles susceptible to a short-circuit, creating a potential fire hazard.
The Company is unaware of any related injuries or accidents. Post-service overheating conditions were observed only in vehicles equipped with a certain wiring package. These vehicles were produced before Sept. 2, 2012.
Affected are model-year 2011-2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs produced before Sept. 2, 2012. Wiring in the headliners of these vehicles will be secured with a new adhesive. Measures will also be taken to help prevent the wiring from contacting potentially abrasive surfaces.
Overheating conditions have not occurred in vehicles that have not had service involving headliner removal. However, FCA US urges affected customers to heed the instructions in their recall notices.
Customers will be advised when they may schedule service, which will be performed free of charge.
An estimated 26,487 vehicles will be recalled in Canada, as well as 13,037 in Mexico and 84,330 outside the NAFTA region.
Customers with additional questions may call the Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-853-1403 FREE.
Jeep Compass and Patriot
December 24, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC is voluntarily recalling an estimated 60,107 SUVs in the U.S. to inspect and reposition, as needed, a clamp that secures a low-pressure return hose.
An FCA US investigation discovered clamps in some vehicles produced during a five-month period this year may be out of position. This may allow rapid loss of power steering fluid. Leakage onto a hot surface may pose a potential fire hazard.
The Company is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.
Affected are model-year 2015 Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs. An estimated 5,755 vehicles will be recalled in Canada; 3,351 in Mexico; and 23,995 outside the NAFTA region.
Affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service, which will be provided free of charge.
If the condition occurs, steering is not lost. However, greater physical effort may be required to steer the vehicle. Customers who experience this and/or observe evidence of a fluid leak, are urged to contact their dealers.
Reported incidents of fluid leaks predominantly involve vehicles with very low mileage. However, customers are urged to heed the instructions in their recall notices.
Customers with questions or concerns may also call the FCA US Customer Information Center at 1-800-853-1403 FREE.