The Basics: Fiat Chrysler is conducting a voluntary recall for an estimated 323,361 cars in the U.S. to fix an engine problem. The recalled vehicles were built after September 23, 2014 and include the 2015 Chrysler 200, Ram ProMaster City, Jeep Renegade, and 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokees.
The Issue: An insufficient crimp in the vehicles’ wiring harness may result in a solenoid fault code, which could cause the engine to stop. The loss of power could lead to an accident.
Injuries/Deaths: None reported.
The Fix: FCA will update the affected vehicles’ software and replace wire harnesses, as needed. According to FCA, owners that experience the problem can temporarily resolve the issue by restarting the vehicle.
If you own one: FCA is reaching out to owners to schedule a service.
The Basics: Chevrolet is recalling nearly 300,000 2009 and 2010 Impala sedans built between April 25, 2008 and Feb. 16, 2010 . The front passenger seat frame may contact and damage the wires of the passenger presence sensor module.
The Issue: If the wires are damaged, the passenger presence sensory system may fail to recognize that the passenger seat is occupied, disabling the air bag. Damage may also cause the air bag fuse to short resulting in a loss of all air bags and seat belt pretensions. Both conditions increase the risk of injury during a crash.
Notes: Earlier this year, a GM employee submitted a Speak Up for Safety report claiming intermittent loss of cluster gauges and a possible malfunction of the passenger presence sensor (PPS).
An investigation into past issues with the PPS module found that GM had identified wire chafing problems during the production process in early 2010. The company added abrasion-resistant tape at the time, helping prevent wire damage, however vehicles built before February 10, 2010, lacked the additional protection.
Investigators also spotted a significant increase in warranty claims related to PPS wiring for vehicles assembled without the abrasion-resistant tape. So Chevrolet’s decided to launch the recall.
The Fix: Service technicians will double-wrap the wires with anti-abrasion tape and replace any chaffed wires as necessary.
The Basics: Volkswagen is recalling about 5,700 2016 CC, e-Golf, Golf R and Tiguan models to fix a child door lock issue. The vehicles were built between Jan. 12 and Feb. 3, 2016.
The Issue: Vibrations created when you open and close a door could cause the rear child door locks to disengage. It that happens a child could open rear doors while inside the vehicle and fall out.
Notes: A worker discovered the problem during a routine quality inspection of European production vehicles. Investigators eventually traced the problem to improper molding cavities. The defective parts were also used at other factories that built vehicles for the U.S. market.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the locks and, if necessary, replace them for free.