CHRYSLER RECALLS 230,760 SUVS TO PREVENT FUEL PUMP ISSUE
Chrysler Group is recalling approximately 230,760 sport utility vehicles around the world to install a new part that will prevent a fuel pump issue that could cause vehicles to stall or not start at all.
The Fiat unit said it found the issue during an internal review, according to the Associated Press. Chrysler started looking into the problem in October 2013 and traced it to a spring that can become deformed when it becomes too hot.
The recall, which was posted Saturday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covers some 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs with 3.6-liter V6 or 5.7-liter V8 engines.
Chrysler says a relay can fail, increasing the risk of a crash.
The automaker said that as of Aug. 25 it wasn’t aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem, according to Reuters.
The fuel-pump issue is inside an integrated power module that helps manage other vehicle functions. Chrysler said none of those other functions are affected.
The recall covers 188,723 SUVs sold in the United States, 15,898 in Canada, 7,126 in Mexico and 19,013 outside of North America, the company said in a statement.
The recall covers SUVs built from Jan. 25, 2010 through July 20, 2011, according to the NHTSA documents.
Dealers will replace the fuel pump relay free of charge starting Oct. 24.
The Center for Auto Safety, a nonprofit advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader, says the recall is “inadequate” because more than 5 million other Chrysler vehicles have the same fuel pump power control module as the already recalled vehicles.
“Chrysler should recall them all,” Clarence Ditlow, the center’s executive director, said Saturday, according to the AP.
Ditlow’s group filed a petition last month asking NHTSA to investigate power system failures in Chrysler vehicles.
The safety group says it has received over 70 complaints and that the government has received hundreds. NHTSA hasn’t made a decision on whether to investigate the matter.
Chrysler said it is investigating consumer complaints and retrieving components from vehicles in the field for “closer analysis,” according to the AP.
Source: Auto World
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