Chrysler Recalls More Than 566,000 Trucks and SUVs
On Oct. 29, 2014, Fiat Chrysler announced that more than 566,000 trucks and SUVs were being recalled due to separate issues.
On the one hand, some Chrysler vehicles have malfunctioning fuel heaters that can cause fires and a software glitch that can disable the electronic stability control systems which keeps vehicles stable.
The top quality assurance person at Fiat Chrysler abruptly resigned after Consumer Reports’ annual vehicle reliability rankings were revealed.
382,000 Ram pickup trucks from the 2010-2014 model years are being recalled. The pickup trucks are Ram 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500. The pickup trucks have a dangerous fuel heater terminal in the diesel engines that is corroded and that can cause fires. Though no fires or injuries have been reported, the company is acting prudently so that it is not faced with the financial fallout that General Motors has been addressing.
Chrysler will begin sending out letters to notify owners that the vehicle will need upgraded terminals and fuel heaters at no cost to the owners. The remaining 184,000 cars are Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from the 2014 model year.
In the SUVs, the primary problem is that the onboard circuit board that controls the steering column can disable the electronic stability control systems. The software in the SUVs needs to be upgraded and Chrysler technicians are working on it.
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