Fiat Chrysler is recalling Jeeps and Ram Trucks for two separate safety issues. A total of about 150,000 vehicles are impacted.
The latest recall news comes as FCA also announces that it’s North American safety chief is retiring after a year of trouble with government regulators. Scott Kunselman, a 30-year veteran of the company, will step down Nov. 30 as senior vice president of safety and regulatory affairs.
Kunselman’s reitrement comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hit Chrysler with a record $105 million penalty for violating laws in 23 recalls covering more than 11 million vehicles. FCA is also under investigation for failing to report some deaths and injuries to the agency as required by law.
2015-2016 Ram 1500
It’s recalling certain model 2015-2016 Ram 1500 pickups to inspect and replace rear axles. FCA says an internal investigation discovered that some of the trucks built between mid-June and late September of this year may have axles that weren’t properly heat-treated. The end result is that they can possibly overheat and trigger the anti-lock brake system warning light, leading to component fracture and possible wheel separation.
FCA said it was aware of one accident potentially related to the axle shaft problem in Ram trucks, but no injuries. The recall impacts 65,760 Ram trucks in the U.S.
2015 Jeep Cherokee
The recall for the 2015 Jeep Cherokee involves air conditioning. FCA says the A/C lines may be have been installed close to the engines’ exhaust manifolds, posing a fire risk.
The recall impacts about 75,364 Jeep Cherokees in the U.S. FCA says it’s unaware of any injuries or accidents related to air-conditioning lines problem in the Jeep Cherokees.