This morning, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued two recalls that affect nearly 89,000 vehicles from the 2016 model year. The vast majority of those vehicles are registered in the U.S.
RECALL #1: 2016 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee
UNITS AFFECTED: 30,183 vehicles registered in the U.S., 2,534 in Canada, 489 in Mexico, and 1,427 registered elsewhere (total: 34,633)
This recall stems from a problem with the 3.6-liter, V6 engines used in some of these SUVs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the engine's fuel rail crossover tube may have been damaged during the assembly process. Over time, that damage could result in a fuel leak, and any time there's a fuel leak, there's an increased risk of fire.
Thankfully, FCA has received no reports of fuel leaks from owners; the problem was discovered at an FCA plant, and a lengthy investigation indicated the potential for problems down the line.
The recall is limited to vehicles manufactured between February 10, 2016 and April 28, 2016 that came equipped with 3.6-liter engines built at FCA's Saltillo engine plant. FCA expects to mail recall notices to owners of those vehicles no later than December 19.
At that time, owners will be able to take their vehicles to FCA dealers, who will inspect the engine assembly for damage to the fuel rail crossover tube and replace it as necessary.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles, you're encouraged to contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall #S85. Alternately, you can call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #16V814000.
RECALL #2: 2016 Dodge Dart
UNITS AFFECTED: 53,155 vehicles registered in the U.S, 1,057 in Canada, and 43 in Mexico (total: 54,255)
The windshield washer pumps on some of these vehicles may have faulty electrical connections, and as a result, they can short-circuit. Should that happen, the wipers would likely become inoperable, which would seriously reduce visibility in rain and snow.
Thankfully, FCA has received no reports of accident or injuries related to the problem.
Dart owners affected by the recall will be notified by FCA and asked to schedule service with their local Dodge dealers. Details of the fix aren't yet available.
If you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.