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Recall Roundup: VW Routan, Dodge Viper SRT, Fiat 500e

Recall Roundup: VW Routan, Dodge Viper SRT, Fiat 500e

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,600 model-year 2013-15 Fiat 500e electric vehicles manufactured March 27, 2012, to Nov. 1, 2014

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that if the vehicle goes into limp home mode, the car could shut down due to incompatible software between the electric vehicle control unit and the battery pack control module. This increases the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will update the software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will begin notifying owners on May 15. Owners can call FCA at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 20,600 model-year 2009 VW Routan minivans manufactured from June 25, 2008, to June 10, 2009, and model-year 2010 Routans manufactured from Oct. 1, 2009, to Aug. 11, 2010.

The Problem: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road conditions or some other jarring event may bump the ignition switch out of the Run position, turning off the engine. If this happens, various safety systems like airbags, power steering and power braking will no longer be functional, increasing the risk of a crash.

“This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key,” NHTSA said in a statement.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the ignition switch and key fobs for free. According to NHTSA, vehicles that previously received a new ignition switch trim ring under an earlier recall must be fixed again under this new campaign. Vehicles that have already received a new ignition switch are not covered by this campaign.

What Owners Should Do: VW will begin notifying owners of model-year 2009 vehicles later this month; owner notification for model-year 2010 vehicles will begin in August. Owners can call VW at 800-822-8987 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1,400 model-year 2013-14 Dodge SRT Viper vehicles manufactured Oct. 1, 2012, to Feb. 6, 2014

The Problem: If moisture gets into the door switch, the driver or passenger door could open unexpectedly while the vehicle is in motion. This increases the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the door handle assemblies and top covers for free.

What Owners Should Do: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will begin notifying owners on May 18. Owners can call FCA at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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