Wednesday, October 28, 2015
NBC News (10/28, 3.32M) reports that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles “said Tuesday it is recalling 86,046 Ram trucks and 93,895 Jeep Cherokee sport utility vehicles for two different safety issues.” FCA “said the recall of certain 2015-2016 Ram 1500 pickups produced between mid-June and late September this year is to inspect and replace rear axles,” the article reports. This comes after an internal investigation found axle shafts on some trucks could “overheat and trigger the anti-lock brake system warning light, leading to component fracture and possible wheel separation,” the article adds. Meanwhile, the recall targeting certain 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs “is to replace air-conditioning lines that may have been installed close to the engines’ exhaust manifolds, posing a fire risk,” the article continues.
The Detroit News (10/27, Shepardson, 545K) reports that the automaker launched its investigation into the issue after two owners complained to the NHTSA, citing incidents involving smoke and fire. FCA “told NHTSA it has 31 reports of low-mileage failures in new Ram pickups,” the article reports. Earlier this year, “Fiat Chrysler agreed to a record setting $105 million, three-year consent decree with NHTSA for failing to properly carry out 23 recall campaigns covering more than 11 million vehicles,” the article adds.The story was also covered by the AP (10/27) and Reuters (10/27, Ajmera