Chrysler recalls Fiat, Dodge and Jeep vehicles – USA TODAY

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014

Chrysler announced a handful of recalls this week of small numbers of Fiat, Dodge and Jeep vehicles.


The latest, on Thursday is a recall of about 43,450 model-year 2011-12 Dodge Charger sedans equipped with halogen headlamps.

The company says jumper harnesses and other headlamp components could overheat. Chrysler said the recall is similar to a 2012 recall of police vehicles for the same issue and that it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to the previous recall or the current one.

It learned of the latest issue through customer-service data. Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace headlamp jumper harnesses and bulbs or headlamp assemblies for free. Chrysler has not specified a timeframe for notification.


Also recalled this week were about 18,700 model-year 2012-13 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs for a component that accommodates Ready Alert Braking, a safety system that primes the brakes for optimal response when making a sudden stop.

After Chrysler got complaints, an investigation found brake-fluid flow was being overly restricted. “Brake function was neither lost nor out of compliance with regulation, but pedal feel was not consistent with customer expectations,” the automaker said in a statement.

No injuries or crashes have been reported. Dealers will update the brake system’s software. A timeline for the recall notification has not been specified.


The most serious recall this week involved about 18,100 model-year 2014 versions of the Fiat 500L, Fiat’s new four-door crossover.

Chrysler said it has received reports that some vehicles equipped with the automatic transmission were not consistently shifting out of Park and were not shifting into other gears in a timely fashion.

“The investigation discovered the function of one microcontroller component may be compromised by certain temperature extremes. A software update resolves the issue,” the automaker said in a statement. No accidents or injuries have been reported.

Dealers will upgrade the transmission software. A recall notice schedule has not been specified.

More information on all of these recalls is available from Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or website (


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