Safety issues with Fiat Chrysler models could lead to loss of power steering, potential vehicle fire – CTV News
Transport Canada has identified safety issues with four Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada models.
Transport Canada conducted an investigation after receiving over 100 consumer complaints involving a failure of a power steering return hose.
It found that the loss of power steering assist, along with the potential for a vehicle fire, was a serious safety issue. Transport Canada notified the manufacturer.
It found power steering problems with Dodge Journey, Chrysler 200, Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger models.
The vehicle models affected include:
• 2009-2016 Dodge Journey;
• 2011-2013 Chrysler 200;
• 2007-2010 Chrysler Sebring; and
• 2007-2013 Dodge Avenger.
“Canadians deserve to know that the cars they rely on to get to work and transport their families are safe. I reserve the option of forcing a recall if corrective measures are not applied in a satisfactory manner,” Marc Garneau, the minister of transport said in a statement. “Manufactures should know that we have high standards for Canadian vehicles, and we expect them to live up to these standards at all times.”
A final notice of the safety defect will be issued to owners of the vehicles after the minister makes a final determination and reviews feedback from Canadians with affected models.
Transport Canada said it will continue to monitor the issue closely and will provide details as they become available.