Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is recalling 1.34 million vehicles globally in two separate recalls to address potential fire risks from worn alternators as well as concerns that wiring issues might inadvertently deploy air bags. Fiat Chrysler’s North American unit FCA US LLC announced the pair of recalls, saying it’s recalling an estimated 442,214 vehicles in the U.S. to replace alternators that are potentially prone to premature diode wear, which could trigger a warning light or emit a burning odor or even smoke. The recall applies to certain 2011-2014 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans, Dodge Challenger coupes, and Dodge Durango SUVs as well as 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.
An estimated 29,625 vehicles of the same makes, models and years will be recalled in Canada, while an estimated 7,879 cars in Mexico, and an estimated 85,929 outside of North America are covered in the recall, Fiat Chrysler said. The automaker said it’s aware of two potentially related accidents, but no injuries, from the alternator issue. It said the premature wear can happen after frequent load cycling in hot ambient temperatures and can ultimately mess with the car’s anti-lock braking system or electronic stability control. However, the company said, basic braking capability is unaffected.
Fiat Chrysler said it’s recalling an estimated 363,480 older-model crossover sport utility vehicles in the U.S. “to provide additional protection for certain wiring that accommodates air-bag function” after a company investigation found that the wiring may chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim, potentially causing a short-circuit. The automaker said this may lead to a second short-circuit that is potentially capable of generating inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag.
The recall affects certain 2011-2015 Dodge Journey crossovers. An estimated 120,336 vehicles in Canada and an estimated 54,072 in Mexico are covered in the recall. In addition, the company said an estimated 232,965 of certain 2011-2015 Fiat Freemont crossovers that were sold outside North America are subject to the recall. Drivers and car owners might be alerted to the wiring issue by an illuminated air-bag warning light, unintended wiper operation, inoperable switches, or some combination thereof, the company said. The company said it knows of five minor injuries that are potentially related to the wiring issue, but no accidents. Fiat Chrysler said customers affected by the alternator recall can get their alternators replaced free of charge. For the second recall, dealers will inspect and replace the wiring, as needed, while equipping it with additional protective covering.
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