The parts could break without warning.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. will recall a total of 1,180 examples of the 2016 Ram 1500 and 2016 Jeep Cherokee across three safety campaigns to replace their front half-shafts, which could fracture. The 99 affected Rams have build dates from February 19, 2016, to March 3, 2016. There are also 52 Cherokees in need of half-shafts on the left side, and they have production dates from September 30, 2015, to October 2, 2015. Separately, there are 1,029 Cherokees that require a right half-shaft, and they have manufacturing dates from October 3, 2015, to March 22, 2016.

On the Ram 1500s, a manufacturing error at the supplier caused the both front half-shafts not to receive the proper heat-treating. It’s possible these parts could break while driving, which could damage the vehicle and leave debris on the road. However, FCA U.S. has no reports of the parts failing, and there are no records of any accidents or injuries.

For the Cherokees, the supplier exposed the half-shafts to too much heat during manufacturing, which could make them more prone to breaking. Again, FCA U.S. has no reports of the parts failing on these crossovers or cases of accidents or injuries from this issue. However, the company’s internal testing shows these half-shafts could stop working prematurely. During the evaluations, they last the equivalent of “approximately 108,000 customer miles while the test target is 150,000 miles,” according to the automaker’s documents to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Dealers will replace the half-shafts with improved parts in these three recalls. FCA U.S. has not said when these repairs would begin.

Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [1][2][3], Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S.

Be part of something big

2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland introduced, costs $34,695

Hide press releaseShow press release

RECALL Subject : Front Halfshafts May Fracture

Report Receipt Date: MAY 16, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V301000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 99

All Products Associated with this Recall

Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)
  • RAM 1500 2016
Details
 
Manufacturer: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)
 
SUMMARY:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2016 RAM 1500 trucks manufactured February 19, 2016, to March 3, 2016. The front halfshafts may have been incorrectly manufactured causing them to fracture without warning.
CONSEQUENCE:
A fractured halfshaft may damage underbody components and create road debris, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front halfshafts, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is S32.
NOTES:
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.
 

RECALL Subject : Left Front Halfshaft May Fracture

Report Receipt Date: MAY 11, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V287000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 52

All Products Associated with this Recall

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
  • JEEP CHEROKEE 2016
Details
 
Manufacturer: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)
 
SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2016 Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured September 30, 2015, to October 2, 2015. The left halfshaft may have been incorrectly manufactured causing it to fracture without warning.
CONSEQUENCE:
A fractured halfshaft may disconnect from the drive axle, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left halfshaft, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler's customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall number is S38.
NOTES:
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.
 

RECALL Subject : Right Front Halfshaft May Fracture

Report Receipt Date: MAY 11, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V284000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,029

All Products Associated with this Recall

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
  • JEEP CHEROKEE 2016
Details
 
Manufacturer: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)
 
SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2016 Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured October 3, 2015, to March 22, 2016. The right halfshaft may have been incorrectly manufactured causing it to fracture without warning.
CONSEQUENCE:
A fractured halfshaft may disconnect from the drive axle, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the right halfshaft, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler's customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall number is S39.
NOTES:
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: Half-shafts

May 27, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC is voluntarily recalling an estimated 82 SUVs in the U.S. to replace their half-shafts.

A supplier advised FCA US of an inadvertent variation in its manufacturing process. Some of these may be subject to breakage and an investigation discovered they were installed on SUVs produced over 20-day period spanning September and October of 2015.

FCA US is unaware of any related injuries, accidents, customer complaints or warranty claims. Nor is the Company aware of any component failures.

Half-shafts accommodate propulsion by transmitting torque to a vehicle’s wheels.

Affected by this campaign are certain model-year 2016 Jeep Cherokee SUVs. Two additional trucks are subject to recall in Canada, along with an estimated 28 outside the NAFTA region.

Service availability is imminent. Affected customers will be advised when they may contact their dealers.

Customers with questions may call the FCA US Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403.