Fiat Chrysler is a company that was borne out of economic necessity following the 2008 crash that sent sockwaves across the entire world. Fiat and Chrysler independently had their reputations of quality work, and in general that hasn’t changed in the years since the merger.
However, even some of the best automakers can make misakes, and while many mistakes are minor and don’t really affect how a car operates, there are others that can provide a much-larger-than-normal safety risk, and those usually will require a recall. Here are a couple of recent recalls involving Fiat Chrysler.
A particularly scary recall was announced by Fiat Chrysler earlier this year, as the company announced a braking defect in about 700,000 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles in North America. This is actually a follow-up to a recall from three years ago.
This new recall involves many of the same 2011 to 2014 model-year vehicles in the original recall, which was meant to address a braking problem that degraded the efficacy of the braking system. The previous recall was meant to install what are called brake-booster shields that were designed to prevent corrosion that would degrade the brakes; but many of those shields were installed improperly. That is the reason for the new recall – to fix the installation of the shields.
There are technically two different recalls here, but we’re grouping them under one heading because in effect they all involve the same system, even if different components. Namely, the airbag and seat-restraint systems have been the focus of a couple of massive recalls recently.
One such recall was announced in October of this year, affecting nearly 500,000 vehicles in the 2012 and 2013 model years – the Jeep Liberty, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger. In these vehicles, it was reported that a defect prevents the head restraint from deploying in a crash.
A second recall was more massive, as nearly 2 million vehicles in the 2010 through 2014 model years under the brands of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Lancia were recalled last year because of a problem with airbags and seat belts. This particular defect showed up in head-on crashes, where the airbag would not deploy properly and the seat belt would not tighten. It led to eight people being hurt or killed before the recall was announced.
Recalling Your Rights
You have a reasonable expectation of your vehicle operating properly and safely. And automakers have a duty to make sure their vehicles are operating at a safe level, and to fix them if they’re not. If you come across a problem with your vehicle, especially if that problem is a factor in an accident or a near-hit, contact the proper agency and employ the services of a quality attorney to stand up for your rights in a legal situation involving defective vehicles.