Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC (FCA) has recalled 7,690 new Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs – with only a few being on the road in the U.S. – that may have a defect in their suspension that could affect braking. The company said in a press release that only around 65 of the 2015 model year SUVs being recalled made it into the hands of drivers and that most of the rest are still at or on their way to dealers’ lots. According to the automaker, it issued the recall after its supplier notified it of improperly heat-treated components in the vehicles’ suspension that could break and affect stability and braking power. Fiat Chrysler says it hasn’t received any word of accidents or injuries related to the problem.
Fiat Chrysler said that the recalled vehicles were all assembled between June 12 and June 20. Because of timely notification by the supplier, the automaker says that only around 13 percent of the total number of SUVs being recalled are believed to contain the defect. The company said that buyers of the 65 affected vehicles who have already driven off the lot should park them. Fiat Chrysler will call them to arrange an inspection and transport the vehicles that are found to have the questionable parts back to the dealership to have the components replaced.
It was stated that 5,608 of the affected Durangos and Cherokees are probably in the U.S., 255 are in Canada and 65 in are Mexico. Around 1,829 of the affected vehicles were going to be exported, but they have not been shipped. The recall came just before the company testified at a public hearing before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about its implementation of 22 recalls between 2013 and 2014 involving more than 11 million vehicles.
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