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

Four Stellantis car models are less than investigation by the NHTSA for safety problems, with 1.34 million Jeep Cherokees accounting for the bulk of the scrutiny, the Affiliated Press described Tuesday. 

The 2014-2020 Jeep Cherokee is remaining investigated for an electronic parking brake that can inadvertently activate even though the crossover SUV is in motion. Centered on mend invoices and 80 customer complaints posted to the NHTSA web page, the parking brake module can be ruined by water leaking into the vehicle. If activated whilst driving, the car can stall. A 2015 remember encompassing nearly 100,000 Jeep Cherokees from the 2014-2015 model calendar year uncovered that h2o coming into the electric power liftgate regulate module triggered a limited circuit that greater the possibility of a fireplace. 

Sudden, unintended braking or stalling could boost the danger of a crash and prompt guardian firm Stellantis to challenge a remember. The NHTSA opens an investigation if its complex experts have ample consumer issues and proof to decide that it is really not an isolated incident. If a trend is suspected that creates a safety hazard, the company will open up a official investigation that typically nudges an automaker to challenge a voluntary remember. If the automaker disagrees, the two the agency and automaker can existing their findings to the NHTSA Administrator. If the agency concludes that a remember is warranted and the automaker even now refutes the decision, the automaker can problem it in court docket. It hardly ever will get to that place.

The second investigation involves 289,000 Dodge Journey, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Patriot from the 2016 model calendar year thanks to an engine stall related to a single that prompted an earlier remember in 2016 that encompassed 42,000 cars. A crankshaft or camshaft sensor might work intermittently and result in the engine to stall. There have been 127 client problems about the problem. 

The 3rd investigation surrounds the 2019-2021 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan, covering 21,000 models. There are 40 purchaser problems about a stall because of to a transmission malfunction, mainly at speeds earlier mentioned 25 mph. Most of the problems cited loss of power at freeway speed, and was accompanied by an error concept in the cluster that indicated a charging fault.  

That delivers the overall quantity of Stellantis autos below investigation to 1.65 million. We’ll update these investigations independently should they grow to be remembers. In the meantime, check out for or file connected problems at the nhtsa.gov/automobile. 

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