AHR Randomly Deploys
The active head restraints in some Dodge vehicles are handing out free concussions. A mechanical breakdown inside the restraint means they could deploy randomly at any time.
Journey Premature Brake Wear
Dodge tried a best-of-all-worlds approach when building the Journey. Instead, they ended up with the weight of an SUV being stopped by brakes more suited for a sedan. The end result is brakes that are woefully inadequate and wear out way to…
Valve Stem Corrosion
Fiat-Chrysler made a mistake by using aluminum valve stems in some of their early tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), like the one found in the Dodge Journey. The aluminum stem and metal cap are highly susceptible to corrosion from sal…
Defective TIPM Causes Multiple Electrical Problems
What is a TIPM exactly? And why is it giving so many Dodge owners headaches? We have details, plus news about recalls and a SETTLEMENT.
Stuck in Park
Can't shift the car into reverse or drive! Now what? This is most commonly reported from Dodge Avenger owners, but there have also been similar complaints about other Dodge makes as well as other Chrysler and Jeep vehicles having a similar …
What Journey Owners Complain About
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
Journey Key Numbers
The plaintiffs argue FCA should have told them about defects in the active head restraint systems, but instead the automaker concealed its knowledge about the headrests.
A Chrysler headrest that deployed without a crash caused a 2014 Ram C/V owner and others to file a lawsuit that alleges the active headrests make driving dangerous.
A Chrysler TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) valve stem lawsuit alleges the stems used with the monitoring systems are prone to fail because of corrosion destroying the metal valve stems, causing them to break without warning.
The lawsuit alleges the named vehicles have defective Totally Integrated Power Modules, also known as TIPMs. The TIPM controls and distributes power to all of the electrical functions of the vehicle, including the vehicle safety and ignition systems.
Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) owners are worried that their vehicles may not pass the next state inspection. And for good reason.
Last month, FCA announced that nearly 900,000 vehicles fail to meet emissions standards and will need new catalytic converters. That’s a lot of parts to come up with all at once, so FCA’s plan is to split the recall into stages with older vehicles getting repaired first. Some owners have filed a lawsuit because they will could fail their next state inspection before parts are available.…keep reading
The EPA has announced Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) will recall over 863,000 vehicles for failing to meet U.S. emissions standards.
The affected vehicles are from the 2011-2016 model years, with front-wheel-drive and gasoline engines. Each will need a new catalytic converter. Given the scope and complexity of the repair, FCA plans on splitting the recall into phases with the oldest models getting repaired first.keep reading
FCA says their transmission pumps “may not conform to specifications” and need to be recalled in the 2015-2016 Journey and Grand Caravan.
They thank the discovery of the problem to an examination of warranty data that caused an internal investigation of the six-speed automatic transmissions.keep reading
The 2009-2016 Dodge Journey likes to leak when it's cold, according to Fiat-Chrysler (FCA).
Good thing summer is on the way:
FCA says an investigation determined power steering fluid lines can leak when the engine is started in cold weather. The automaker says steering will be more difficult but a driver won't lose steering control and no accidents or injuries have been reported.…keep reading
Continental Automotive systems did the right thing by announcing their airbags had corrosion issues
, but there's just one problem --- they've known about this for years:
"According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, Continental knew about the defective air bags as far back as 2008."
A new [lawsuit] wants compensation for injuries or other losses during that time between Continental discovered the problem and actually did anything about it.
The law firm Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg & Gilbert has [more on that class-action].keep reading
Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) is recalling 112,000 vehicles with defective Continental airbags.
They opened an internal investigation in July 2015 to
find out why a 2009 Dodge Journey airbag deployed for no apparent reason. The automaker later found 13 potential inadvertent airbag deployments with airbags made by Continental Automotive Systems.
Recently, Continental announced they needed to recall 5 million airbags that were susceptible to corrosion. The airbags in question might not deploy in a crash, which really defeats the point.
FCA says they aren't sure when the recall will begin.keep reading
Fiat-Chrysler is recalling 275k SUVs because of a BS issue. Oh wait, an ABS issue. My mistake.
275,614 model year 2012-2015 Dodge Journey SUVs could lose control because of water entering the anti-lock brake system module wiring harnesses.
Water and electronics are not friends. Once the ABS module gets wet it fries up like an egg and disables the anti-lock brakes. It might even disable the electronic stability control system (ESC) for good measure.keep reading
This car has been a royal pain for us. It is less than six years old and this is now the third time we are replacing the brakes. All three times it has been at different Chrysler dealerships. Not once has any of them mentioned that the brakes are inadequate or that there has ever been any support from Chrysler on the costs.
Sometimes the car would start and other times it would not. It has left us abandoned on multiple occasions. If you placed it in neutral it would start 90% of the time. We finally gave up and parked it while we paid it off. I can't even sell it because I couldn't let someone else get abandoned so I would have to reveal what a POS it is.
The [J]ourney is a nice vehicle but need to change pads every year, only drive 20 miles a day to work. Around every 5,000 you need to change pads and rotors. Wears very bad in this vehicle. This vehicle should have recalls it's a huge safety problem.
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