1. 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.…

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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][3] 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][4].

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

    FCA hasn't mentioned when the recall will begin. Full details, including build dates for the affected vehicles, are available on our site.

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  7. Engine covers are mainly for looks.

    I mean, sure, there's some heat retention, dirt prevention and noise reduction qualities, but let's be honest --- they're mostly for show. Maybe that's why I'm so upset that Fiat-Chrysler had to recall a quarter-of-a-million small SUVs earlier this summer for fires via engine covers:

    "Loose engine covers that can dislodge and possibly cause a fire."

    Seriously? FCA says if you drive your vehicle on unpaved or uneven roads, the cover can become dislodged and start to melt if it touches the exhaust system. Good times.…

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