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A collection of stories that owners should hear about including recalls, lawsuits, investigations, and top complaints. For a quick view of all stories, checkout the archive.

When Will the Takata Recalls Stop? Not Anytime Soon, Apparently.

Takata is like a nightmare we just can’t wake up from. Did you know it’s been almost five years since the first recall? Anyone else ever think we’d be staring down the barrel of yet another recall expansion which I might shorten to YARE form now on. Fun fact: YARE is very similar to the screaming noise I make each time I hear the word Takata now.

Chrysler is recalling 317,000 vehicles, including the Chrysler 300. That’s a pretty small piece of the 3.3 million vehicle recall pie that’s happening across the entire industry right now. David Woods of CarComplaints.com has the full breakdown of which model years and in what zones.

Recently, the inflators have been tied to new casualties, stop-driving orders, and questions from US Senators.

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Chrysler 200 Loose Steering Recall

Does your 2016 Chrysler 200’s steering feel a bit loose? There might be a good reason why:

Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) says the chassis fastener joints can fail or fall out and cause problems with steering and handling.

Well, that would stink. There are multiple checkpoints in assembly lines meant to avoid situations like this, but here we are anyway.

FCA didn’t say how many cars were affected, but did say they already notified the limited number of owners as part of a recall.

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Three Fatalities. Five Injuries. One Massive Airbag Recall.

Three fatalities. Five injuries. One massive recall for Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) vehicles.

The automaker says it opened an investigation in April 2015 after 10 crashes were reported, and after months of research, engineers determined the occupant restraint control modules may short-circuit and prevent the frontal airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners and side air bags from deploying in a crash.

At the time the recall was announced, FCA didn’t have a solution or a date when the it’d begin. There’s a full list of the 1.9 million recalled vehicles on CarComplaints.com, and those looking for more info can call FCA at 800-853-1403. Give them recall number S61.

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Crimp My Ride. FCA Recalls 410K Vehicles With Wiring Harness Issues.

Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) is recalling certain vehicles that may experience a sudden loss of propulsion because their wiring harnesses weren’t crimped enough. Come on FCA, crimp my ride.

The automaker was examining warranty data and opened an investigation that determined an insufficient crimp in a wire harness could cause a fault code in the solenoid. If that occurs, the vehicle will stop moving, something Chrysler says can temporally be fixed by stopping the vehicle and re-starting the engine.

The recall affects certain:

  • 2015 Chrysler 200
  • 2015 RAM ProMaster City
  • 2015 Jeep Renegade
  • 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee

Vehicles built after September 23, 2014 are not affected because the limp crimps were fixed, according to FCA.

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Sebring Sun Visor Recall, Part Two

Own a 2001-2002 Chrysler Sebring or Dodge Stratus with a beige interior? Your car might be part of a recall for sun visor straps. Again.

The cars were previously repaired for a June 2015 recall issue using an incorrect part that may not prevent the passenger side sun visor from detaching if the passenger frontal airbag deploys and the passenger side sun visor is folded down in a certain position.

Mitsubishi didn’t correctly identify the vehicles during the original recall and may have used the wrong parts. And yes, Mitsubishi is handling the recall because the Chrysler and Dodge vehicles were manufactured using the Eclipse platform. Crazy world, eh?

Chrysler hasn’t announced when the new recall will begin.

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Town & Country Owners, It’s Time to Dump Your Pump

FCA says it’s time to dump the transmission pumps in 37,000 vans and SUVs. An internal investigation by FCA found their transmission pumps “may not conform to specifications” and can cause a sudden loss of propulsion.

Recalled are 2015-2016 Dodge Journey crossover SUVs, 2015-2016 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans and 2016 Ram ProMaster full-size vans.

There’s no word on when the recall will begin.

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2017 Pacifica’s Rear Seat Belts Recalled

What’s worse than seat belts that don’t work? How about seat belts that don’t work and can turn into projectiles in a crash.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans have overhead seat belt stow clips that can break and cause the seat belts to be useless in a crash. The clips can also turn into projectiles and cause harm to occupants.

The issue was narrowed to Pacifcas built between 02/22/2016 and 04/28/2016, roughly 3,500 vans. They’ll all need to be recalled, but Chrysler hasn’t said when that’ll begin.

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Injuries Caused by Electronic Gear Shifter Are Starting to Add Up

How’s this for a review? The government says Chrysler’s electronic gear shifter “appears to violate several basic design guidelines for vehicle controls.” They go on to say it isn’t consistent or easy to use. Tell us how you really feel.

Despite all that, they have closed their investigation because Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) has agreed to recall more than a million vehicles and update their gear shifter’s software.

But is that enough? The real problem here is that the shifter is unintuitive. It has a central “neutral position” where the lever moves back to each time the driver releases the shifter. Gone are the days of going by the feel or location of the shifter to know when you’re in park, now you have to check an indicator light.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) did mention actor Anton Yelchin’s death while closing their investigation. He was crushed by a vehicle with a monostable shifter that was rolling away.

The following vehicles use Chrysler’s e-Shift:

  • 2012-2014 Dodge Chargers
  • 2012-2014 Chrysler 300
  • 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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FCA Says it Will Stop Using Certain Takata Airbags

Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) will stop using any Takata airbag that doesn’t use a drying agent.

The automaker says within the next week it will stop manufacturing vehicles in North America with airbag inflators that don’t contain the drying agent. The entire process will be stopped worldwide by mid-September. _Chrysler says most airbag inflators in FCA vehicles have propellants other than unprotected ammonium nitrate, while other inflators do contain ammonium nitrate, but those inflators are equipped with the desiccate.

“I didn’t see this coming,” said no-one, ever.

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Recall to Make Sure Seats Don't Detach

Some 2016 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravans are being recalled to make sure the third row seats don’t fall off.

The recalled vehicles were built between March 16, 2016 and March 17, 2016.

[The vehicles] have nuts on the third-row seatback that weren’t torqued properly during assembly. The loose bolts may not hold the seatback, even more so in a crash.

The recall is expected to begin on on June 30, 2016.

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