More than 1.5 million Jeep Cherokees, Dodge Journeys investigated by NHTSA

4 Stellantis auto styles are beneath investigation by the NHTSA for basic safety defects, with 1.34 million Jeep Cherokees accounting for the bulk of the scrutiny, the Affiliated Push described Tuesday. 

The 2014-2020 Jeep Cherokee is getting investigated for an electronic parking brake that can inadvertently activate whilst the crossover SUV is in motion. Based mostly on restore invoices and 80 purchaser problems posted to the NHTSA web-site, the parking brake module can be weakened by h2o leaking into the motor vehicle. If activated even though driving, the car can stall. A 2015 remember encompassing almost 100,000 Jeep Cherokees from the 2014-2015 model yr discovered that drinking water coming into the electrical power liftgate command module prompted a shorter circuit that elevated the chance of a fire. 

Unexpected, unintended braking or stalling could raise the risk of a crash and prompt father or mother business Stellantis to challenge a recall. The NHTSA opens an investigation if its technical authorities have adequate customer grievances and evidence to ascertain that it’s not an isolated incident. If a pattern is suspected that makes a safety hazard, the company will open a official investigation that commonly nudges an automaker to problem a voluntary recall. If the automaker disagrees, both equally the agency and automaker can present their findings to the NHTSA Administrator. If the agency concludes that a recall is warranted and the automaker continue to refutes the determination, the automaker can obstacle it in court. It seldom gets to that stage.

The next investigation consists of 289,000 Dodge Journey, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Patriot from the 2016 design 12 months because of to an motor stall equivalent to one particular that prompted an earlier recall in 2016 that encompassed 42,000 motor vehicles. A crankshaft or camshaft sensor could operate intermittently and trigger the engine to stall. There have been 127 client complaints about the concern. 

The third investigation surrounds the 2019-2021 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan, covering 21,000 models. There are 40 shopper problems about a stall because of to a transmission malfunction, primarily at speeds previously mentioned 25 mph. Most of the grievances cited reduction of electrical power at freeway speed, and was accompanied by an error information in the cluster that indicated a charging fault.  

That delivers the full amount of Stellantis motor vehicles under investigation to 1.65 million. We will update these investigations individually ought to they turn into recollects. In the meantime, check out for or file similar issues at the vehicle.