Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are to pay a record $105 million for mishandling 23 separate recalls. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 11 million vehicles have been affected, and Chrysler has admitted to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) that they had violated federal safety laws. Over the years, the automaker has been criticized for their lagging response over handling recalls. It has been announced by the NHTSA that Chrysler has agreed for the next there years to "submit to rigorous federal oversight" as well as hire an independent, 3rd Party monitor.
Chrysler is recalling more than 500,000 models. Problems with the recalled models include failing alternator, power mirrors that can start a fire, airbag sensors, and head restraints. The 2011-2014 Dodge Charger, Challenger, Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Chrysler 300 are among the models currently being recalled.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report on Monday indicating almost 22 million vehicles were recalled in the United States last year by automakers. Of those 22 million vehicles Toyota topped the list, recalling more than 5 million of its vehicles in 15 different recalls in 2013. Chrysler Group came in a close second, with about 4.6 million vehicles recalled in 36 different recalls. Rounding out the top five spots on the list were Honda, Hyundai-Kia, and Ford. The number of vehicles involved in a 2013 safety recall increased by more than 5 million from 2012.
Many of us driving in vehicles often take for granted that they are well constructed. We just assume that because they are sold to us, especially at a high price, they must be reasonably safe and reliable. However, this is not always the case. On June 3, 2013 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) came down with a ruling which states that Chrysler's Jeep Grand Cherokee (1993-2004) is particularly prone to fires and fuel leakages when struck from behind. The NHTSA issued a demand to Chrysler seeking the recall of all Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993-2004. This would be a big hit to Chrysler financially; however it is necessary to protect those who travel on the road in these vehicles.
Just this past Tuesday, Chrysler announced that it was refusing to recall 2.7 million Jeep models that, according to the government and other safety groups, are defective and pose a fire risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) contends that the 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty models are prone to fires in the event of a rear-impact collision. While massive recalls have become more and more common, it is truly a rare event for an auto manufacturer to refuse a recall request from the governmental agency that regulates vehicle safety.
Chrysler, for the second time, has recalled hundreds of thousands of pickup trucks and SUVs because their rear axles can lock up unexpectedly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a nut in the rear axle can come loose because of a missing adhesive patch, resulting in the axle locking and the driver losing control of the vehicle.
Chrysler recently announced plans to recall nearly 210,000 Jeep Liberty vehicles because of a dangerous auto defect that may result in a loss of vehicle control by the driver. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall affects certain SUVs from model years 2004 and 2005 which may be equipped with rear lower control arms that can experience a rear suspension lower control arm fracture due to excessive corrosion caused by road salt used in certain states. Chrysler reported that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.