Fiat Chrysler will recall more than 83,000 vehicles in two campaigns relating to potential fuel leaks in Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles and faulty windshield wiper electronics in certain Dodge Dart sedans. The largest of the two recalls by FCA US LLC covers 53,155 model year 2016 Dart vehicles, which could experience voltage spikes in the circuits of the front windshield wipers caused by a fault in the windshield washer pump. “Pumps with this condition may be subject to short-circuit, which, if one occurs, could disable windshield wiper function,” FCA said in a statement. “FCA US is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.”
According to the FCA, the company discovered the defect after launching an investigation based on findings from warranty data. FCA and the supplier of the pumps worked together to discover electrical connections that were out of compliance with the automaker’s specifications. The company believes that approximately 4 percent of the recalled vehicles are experiencing the voltage spike issue. To fix the problem, the FCA will replace the defective windshield washer pumps at no cost to Dart owners. The FCA said it will begin to notify dealers and owners starting around Dec. 19.
The second recall covers 30,180 SUVs in the U.S., but the FCA says it believes only 30 vehicles are affected by what it called a “manufacturing anomaly” that caused fuel rail tubes in 2016 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee models to become damaged. According to the FCA, the damage was caused by inadvertent contact during assembly between the manifold fastener and the fuel rail. When the rail is exposed to pressure pulsation and thermal cycling, the FCA said it is possible for a fuel leak to develop along the damaged area. This leak in turn results in a higher potential for fires. The vehicles subject to recall all contain engines manufactured over an 11-week period at the Saltillo Engine Plant in the state of Coahuila, Mexico. The recall stems from an FCA investigation launched after an employee at the plant reported a fuel leak in a single vehicle.
The Durango and Grand Cherokee recall also includes 2,534 vehicles in Canada, 489 in Mexico and 1,427 outside the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) region. The campaign only covers vehicles with 3.6-liter V-6 engines. FCA will inspect all recalled vehicles and will replace the fuel rails and lower intake manifolds if needed, free of charge. As with the Dart recall, the FCA will begin to notify owners and dealers beginning around Dec. 19.
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