The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proceeding with a public hearing scheduled for this month over the handling of 22 recalls by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC. The automaker said the hearing was unnecessary because it’s already cooperating with the hearing, scheduled for July 2. Fiat Chrysler’s handling of 22 recalls between 2013 and 2015 will be the subject of the hearing. The recalls involved some 11 million vehicles, according to NHTSA.
Fiat Chrysler acknowledged in its letter that it faces challenges in achieving the industry average recall rate on some of its vehicles. According to the automaker, the industry average is 75 percent overall but only 44 percent for vehicles between five to 10 years old, and lower still at 15 percent for vehicles more than 10 years old. For seven of the recall campaigns at issue, all of which involve vehicles in use for at least nine years, the automaker said there are “some challenges” that may prevent the company from achieving the average recall rate. It said also that for two other campaigns it faces “significant challenges” to reaching that threshold.
It was reported that the 22 recall campaigns in question involve a wide range of defects, including air bag ruptures, fuel leaks near an ignition source, door latch failures, tie rod problems leading to a loss of steering control, sudden alternator failures, and other potential problems such as shorts in vanity lamp wiring that lead to fires. At the July hearing, witnesses from the NHTSA, the automaker and the public are expected to present evidence on Fiat Chrysler’s performance in the recalls at issue. If the agency ultimately determines that the company has not complied with the applicable laws, it could order the automaker to take various steps to improve, which could include buying back or replacing affected vehicles.
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