There are no known fires or injuries from this problem.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall a total of 34,633 examples of the 2016 Dodge Durango and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee for a potential fuel leak. Only vehicles with the 3.6-liter V6 are part of this action. The campaign specifically includes 30,180 of them in the United States, 2,534 in Canada, 489 in Mexico, and 1,427 outside the NAFTA region. FCA U.S. believes as few as 30 vehicles might actually have the problem, but it needs dealers to inspect them all to be sure.
During assembly at the Saltillo Engine Plant in Mexico, there may have been damage to the fuel rail crossover tube for these V6 powerplants. Long-term thermal cycling, fuel exposure, and pressure pulsations can cause a fuel leak to develop. In a worst case scenario, this issue could lead to a fire.
The automaker discovered the issue during an inspection when an FCA employee noticed a fuel leak on a single vehicle. A further investigation of uninstalled engines found 21 with damaged parts out of 20,158 units inspected. The company eventually found that there was an assembly error from “inadvertent contact between a manifold fastener and the fuel rail” for an 11-week period in the first quarter of 2016 that caused damage to some powerplants.
FCA U.S. is not aware of any field reports of people reporting this problem, and the company has no warranty claims about it, either. There are also no known injuries.
Dealers will inspect the SUVs for damage to the fuel rail crossover tube. If harmed, technicians will replace the fuel rail assembly and the lower intake manifold. The recall will begin December 19, 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Jeep last needed to recall some of its recent products in October when there was an issue with the impact sensor on the 182,308 examples 2016 and 2017 Wrangler. There were no known complaints about that problem, either.
Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
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RECALL Subject : Damaged Fuel Rail Tube may cause Fuel Leak
Report Receipt Date: NOV 10, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V814000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 30,183
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)
DODGE DURANGO 2016
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 2016
Manufacturer: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2016 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured February 10, 2016, to April 28, 2016 and equipped with a 3.6L engine built at the Saltillo engine plant. During the assembly of the engine, the fuel rail crossover tube may have been damaged, which, over time, may result in a fuel leak.
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine assembly for damage to the fuel rail crossover tube, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 19, 2016. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is S85.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Statement: Fuel Rail
November 18, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC is recalling approximately 30,180 SUVs in the U.S. to locate an estimated 30 that may be subject to fuel leaks.
FCA US launched an investigation after a Company employee noticed and reported a fuel leak associated with a single vehicle. The probe discovered certain engines assembled during an 11-week period in first-quarter 2016 may have been subject to a manufacturing anomaly.
The anomaly – which caused inadvertent contact between a manifold fastener and the fuel rail – occurred infrequently. Resulting damage to the fuel rail may lead to leakage and, potentially, fire.
FCA US is unaware of any related injuries, accidents, customer complaints or warranty claims.
Affected are an estimated 30,183 model-year 2016 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. Also included in the recall are an estimated 2,534 vehicles in Canada; 489 in Mexico and 1,427 outside the NAFTA region.
The campaign is limited to vehicles equipped with 3.6-liter V-6 engines. All vehicles will be inspected, and their fuel rails and lower intake manifolds will be replaced, as necessary.
Affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service. In the interim, customers should be alert to potential fuel leaks and contact their dealers accordingly.
Customers with questions or concerns may call the FCA US Customer Care Center at (800)-853-1403.