The company's recall total dropped 21 percent in 2016 versus last year.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall 43,071 vehicles in the United States to replace the crankshaft sensor connectors. The campaign will cover the 2016 model year examples Dodge Journey, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Patriot. In addition, there will be 3,385 of them in need of repair in Canada, 487 in Mexico, and 2,830 outside the NAFTA region. The problem only affects models with manufacturing dates from May 9, 2016, to July 15, 2016, and with either the 2.0- or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
Warranty data showed FCA U.S. a population of vehicles that had crankshaft sensor connectors that didn’t conform to the proper specifications. The parts could potentially lose contact, which would cause the SUVs to stall or not to start. This could happen without an error appearing on the instrument cluster. The company is not aware of any accidents or injuries from this fault, though.
FCA will notify affected owners by mail. Customers will be able to arrange service to replace the sensor at their local dealer. The recall will begin around January 27, 2017.
With the year practically over, FCA U.S. is starting to look at its recall total for the year. Counting this crankshaft sensor issue, the automaker required repair campaigns for 21 percent fewer vehicles than in 2015, according to Eric Mayne, the company’s media relations manager for engineering, safety, and regulatory compliance.
FCA had two major recalls this year. In April, the company issued a campaign for 1.1 million vehicles worldwide because the monostable shifter for the ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox might have potentially confused owners. Maserati also later brought in over 13,000 vehicles for the same issue. In September, FCA had to repair 1.9 million vehicles worldwide for an issue that might have caused the airbag and seatbelt pre-tensioner not to activate in a collision.
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Gallery: 2016 Dodge Journey
Statement: Sensor Connectors
December 23, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC is recalling an estimated 43,071 SUVs and crossover vehicles in the U.S. to replace their crankshaft sensor connectors.
An FCA US review of warranty data helped identify a population of vehicles that may have been equipped with sensor connectors that do not conform to specification. If these components lose contact, the vehicles may be subject to stalling or a no-start condition, or their instrument
clusters may indicate an error.
The recall is limited to vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engines, and produced during an 11-week period last spring. FCA US is unaware of any potentially related injuries or accidents.
Affected are certain 2016 Dodge Journey crossovers, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot SUVs. Affected customers will be notified of the recall and advised when they may schedule service.
An estimated 3,385 vehicles are affected in Canada, along with 487 in Mexico and 2,830 outside the NAFTA region.
Customers with questions or concerns may call the FCA US Customer Care Center at (800)-853-1403.
Crankshaft Sensor May Fail Causing Engine StallIf the engine stalls, there is an increased the risk of a crash.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V907000
Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)
Components ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected 43,071
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2016 Dodge Journey, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Patriot vehicles manufactured May 9, 2016, to July 15, 2016. The crankshaft or camshaft sensor may only work intermittently, causing the engine to stall.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the crankshaft or camshaft sensor, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 27, 2017. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is S89.
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.
3 Affected Products Vehicles
MAKE MODEL YEAR
DODGE JOURNEY 2016
JEEP COMPASS 2016
JEEP PATRIOT 2016