Chrysler Group LLC has recalled more than 566,000 Dodge Rams and Durangos, as well as Jeep Grand Cherokees, to upgrade the electronic stability control software and wire-harness terminals, and to also potentially replace the fuel-heater housings in certain vehicles. The automaker said it is recalling 184,186 sports utility vehicles globally after its engineers discovered that a debris cover protecting a certain circuit board in 2014 Durango and Grand Cherokee vehicles can potentially disrupt a communication line and disable the electronic stability controls.
Under the recall, the company will upgrade the software that helps manage the electronic stability control. The automaker says this should restore proper communication and preserve the unit’s function. The recall covers 132,223 of the SUVs in the U.S., as well as 8,871 in Canada, 4,742 in Mexico and 38,350 in other locations across the world. The automaker will notify customers and let them know when they can schedule the service, which Chrysler will pay for, the statement said.
Chrysler also said in a separate statement that it is recalling 381,876 Ram trucks across the world so that it can upgrade certain wiring-harness terminals and, if necessary, replace their fuel-heater housings. The recall only covers vehicles equipped with 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engines and follows an investigation over two instances in which fuel-heater housings showed signs of overheating, though the automaker said it is not aware of any fires, injuries or accidents stemming from the issue, according to the statement.
The automaker said the recall affects certain 2010-14 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, as well as the 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs. Approximately 314,704 trucks in the U.S. will be recalled, in addition to 59,432 in Canada, 1,803 in Mexico and another 5,937 outside of the North America region. Technicians will be instructed to install new terminals composed of upgraded material and to inspect fuel-heater housings, replacing the part if it shows signs of leakage, with Chrysler fronting the costs of repair, the statement said.
The recalls mark the eighth voluntary U.S. campaign by the automaker this year to remedy a potential issue before receiving any customer complaints over the matter. Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into the automaker’s recalls of nearly 1 million Rams for a potential steering problem, opening an audit to assess the timeliness and effectiveness of Chrysler’s recall process. NHTSA said it received “hundreds” of complaints from consumers who have faced delays getting their vehicles fixed under the recall.
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