Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall 409,866 examples worldwide of the 2015 Chrysler 200, Ram ProMaster City, Jeep Renegade, and 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee. The campaign includes 323,361 of them in the United States, 35,511 examples in Canada, 7,067 units in Mexico, and 43,927 of the models elsewhere.
According to the automaker, an investigation into warranty data indicated an insufficient crimp in a wire harness. The problem could cause a solenoid fault code and possibly result in the vehicle stalling. There are no reports of accidents or injuries from this issue, though.
FCA doesn't believe most of these vehicles would ever experience this problem in their lifetimes, but it is still conducting the safety campaign. If the issue occurs on a model before the repair, owners can temporarily mend the issue by restarting the engine.
To fix the situation, dealers will perform a software update, and they'll replace wire harnesses. Vehicles built after September 23, 2014, don't have this problem because of a change in the manufacturing process.
FCA is currently in the process of soon phasing out the 200 and its sibling the Dodge Dart because the market isn't as interested in sedans anymore. Instead, the automaker intends to put an even bigger emphasis on trucks and crossovers.
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
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Statement: Wire Harness Crimp
July 22, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC is voluntarily recalling an estimated 323,361 vehicles in the U.S. to update certain software and replace wire harnesses, as needed.
An examination of warranty data led to an FCA US investigation that discovered an insufficient crimp in a wire harness. Such a crimp may lead to a solenoid fault code that can cause propulsion loss.
The Company is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.
Most vehicles in the recall population will not experience this fault code over their lifetimes. However, should the condition occur, it can typically be temporarily resolved by stopping the vehicle and re-starting its engine.
Accordingly, FCA US urges customers to heed the instructions on their recall notices.
Affected are certain model-year 2015 Chrysler 200 midsize sedans, Ram ProMaster City small vans, Jeep Renegade and Cherokee SUVs. Certain model-year 2014 Cherokees are also affected.
A change made in the harness-manufacturing process eliminates the need to recall any vehicle built after Sept. 23, 2014.
An estimated 35,511 additional vehicles in Canada are included in the campaign; as are 7,067 in Mexico; and 43,927 outside the NAFTA region.
Customers will be advised when they may schedule service. Those with questions may call the FCA US Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403.