Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 442,000 vehicles due to a power steering issue that could increase the risk of a crash or a fire.
The recall impacts 2011-14 Chrysler 300 sedans, Dodge Challenger coupes, Charger sedans and Durango SUVs, along with model-year 2012-14 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. All of the vehicles are equipped with electrohydraulic power steering; a 5.7-liter or 3.6-liter engine, and a 160-amp, 180-amp, or 220-amp alternator.
The problem is that the alternator may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. The alternator also may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.
According to the FCA notice, “certain alternators supplied to the automaker may be subject to premature diode wear following frequent load cycling, at or near maximum amperage, in hot ambient temperatures. This wear may cause illumination of an instrument-cluster warning light or the presence of a burning odor or smoke.”
“Customers who observe these warning signs should contact their dealers; continued vehicle use may result in engine stall,” FCA stated. “Premature component wear may also compromise function of a vehicle’s antilock braking system and/or electronic stability control. However, basic braking capability is unaffected.”
You can check out the official NHTSA documents here.
The company says it’s aware of two possibly related accidents, but no injuries.
Dealers will inspect the alternator and, depending on the part number, replace it for free.
FCA will begin notifying owners Aug. 24. Owners can call the automaker at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.