Friday 28 October 2016
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Recall Roundup: Fiat, Daimler, Takata Update

Recall Roundup: Fiat, Daimler, Takata Update


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 4,000 model-year 2013-15 Fiat 500e hatchbacks

The Problem: The affected vehicles were inadvertently equipped with software that may misread torque levels and mistakenly cause a shift into neutral. This condition may occur only when the cruise control is engaged and the driver attempts to override the feature with accelerator-pedal applications or rapid tapping of the accelerate/decelerate buttons. Restarting the vehicle restores normal function. Fiat Chrysler America is unaware of any related injuries, accidents or complaints.

The Fix: FCA began sending service instructions to dealers today, but the automaker has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Dealers will update the software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call FCA at 800-853-1403 for more information.


Vehicles Affected: 2007-08 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 and the 2007-08 Dodge Sprinter 2500 and 3500, were manufactured from July 1, 2005, to July 31, 2008, and “are equipped with a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment,” NHTSA said in a report posted Saturday.Daimler AG made 40,061 vans from 2005-08 with air bags that must be replaced, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

The Fix: Daimler Vans USA will notify Freightliner owners and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will alert customers who bought the Dodge model, according to the agency. Dealers have been instructed to replace the air bags free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: No schedule has been released for the repairs.


A seventh death tied to faulty air bags was confirmed Friday by the U.S. agency. A 22-year-old woman died two days after an April 5 crash in Louisiana. Takata, which produced the air-bag inflators, agreed on May 19 to expand its recall effort to cover about 34 million units. It’s the largest product-safety recall ever in the U.S. The NHTSA says it will be fall until a timeline for fixing all the vehicles will be complete.

Both Honda and Toyota also expanded Takata air bag recalls this week, adding more than 2 million more vehicles to their lists.

Photo Credit: Fiat Chrysler