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

Four Stellantis vehicle designs are beneath investigation by the NHTSA for safety flaws, with 1.34 million Jeep Cherokees accounting for the bulk of the scrutiny, the Linked Push reported Tuesday. 

The 2014-2020 Jeep Cherokee is remaining investigated for an electronic parking brake that can inadvertently activate though the crossover SUV is in motion. Dependent on mend invoices and 80 purchaser issues posted to the NHTSA web page, the parking brake module can be weakened by drinking water leaking into the motor vehicle. If activated although driving, the vehicle can stall. A 2015 remember encompassing almost 100,000 Jeep Cherokees from the 2014-2015 product calendar year identified that water getting into the electricity liftgate control module brought on a quick circuit that enhanced the hazard of a fire. 

Sudden, unintended braking or stalling could improve the hazard of a crash and prompt guardian firm Stellantis to challenge a recall. The NHTSA opens an investigation if its specialized professionals have adequate consumer complaints and proof to identify that it really is not an isolated incident. If a pattern is suspected that makes a safety chance, the company will open a official investigation that usually nudges an automaker to difficulty a voluntary remember. If the automaker disagrees, both the company and automaker can existing their results to the NHTSA Administrator. If the agency concludes that a remember is warranted and the automaker still refutes the decision, the automaker can problem it in court. It almost never will get to that issue.

The second investigation entails 289,000 Dodge Journey, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Patriot from the 2016 model yr due to an engine stall related to one that prompted an earlier remember in 2016 that encompassed 42,000 vehicles. A crankshaft or camshaft sensor may function intermittently and result in the motor to stall. There have been 127 customer complaints about the issue. 

The 3rd investigation surrounds the 2019-2021 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan, covering 21,000 units. There are 40 customer grievances about a stall thanks to a transmission malfunction, typically at speeds earlier mentioned 25 mph. Most of the problems cited decline of electric power at freeway pace, and was accompanied by an mistake message in the cluster that indicated a charging fault.  

That delivers the total range of Stellantis autos less than investigation to 1.65 million. We are going to update these investigations individually really should they grow to be recollects. In the meantime, check out for or file connected issues at the nhtsa.gov/auto.