Two Suspension Recalls Don't Make a Right. But They Do Help

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Scott McCracken
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The rear lower control arms in some Jeep and Dodge SUVs received the wrong heat treatment during manufacturing (and we're not talking about a day at the spa). The problem is bad enough that the control arms can break and cause a sudden loss of control.

When Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) first recalled the vehicles in June 2015, they asked some owners to stop driving until the vehicles were repaired. With such a serious issues, you'd think FCA would make sure to get the fix right the first time.

You'd be wrong. A second recall was issued for the same problem just two months later.

SUVs Recalled to Repair Suspensions →

June, 2015: The initial recall involved 7,700 SUVs, including the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.

The problem can cause lower control arms to break, rear-end stability problems or reduced brake performance.

FCA said they believed only 13% of the recalled vehicles actually had the problem. They just wanted to cover all their bases, except...

Same SUVs Recalled Again →

August, 2015: Turns out FCA didn't cover any bases when it used the wrong heat treatment during the "repair":

"About 5,485 model year 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs might have rear lower control arms that received the wrong heat treatment. "

Visit our site for specific build dates of the affected vehicles. Owners with questions can contact Fiat Chrysler at 800-853-1403 and refer to recall number R38.

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