Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling select Jeep Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 pickup trucks from the 2016 model year. According to the automaker, the recall stems from a potential problem with those vehicles' transmissions.
Specifically, FCA says that the half-shafts on the Cherokee and the Ram 1500 may not have been properly manufactured, and some may be prone to fracture. Because the half-shaft helps transmit torque to a vehicle's wheels, problems with the component could bring vehicles to a halt, at the very least. If that were to happen while a vehicle were in traffic, it could increase the risk of a collision.
Thankfully, FCA knows of no crashes, injuries, or fatalities linked to the problem, and there have been no reports of half-shaft failures on owners' vehicles. News of the manufacturing error came directly from the supplier.
Also thankfully, the recall affects a small population of vehicles:
- 1,029 Jeep Cherokees registered in the U.S., 37 in Canada, and 28 elsewhere, all of which were manufactured in September and October 2015
- 64 Ram 1500s registered in the U.S. and 35 in Canada, all of which were built in February 2016
Owners of those vehicles will receive recall notices by mail containing information about the problem and the fix, as well as instructions on making repair appointments with their local dealers. Should owners have questions in the meantime, they're encouraged to contact FCA's customer care center at 800-853-1403.