Dodge Vehicles With Recalled Takata Airbags
Takata, a parts supplier, provided automakers with a defective airbag inflator responsible for 23 deaths and hundreds of injuries. It's one of the largest and most dangerous recalls in automotive history, affecting over 37 million vehicles …Continue reading article "Dodge Vehicles With Recalled Takata Airbags"
Dodge's Dangerous e-Shift Design
The monostable electronic gear shifter is Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) vehicles has been disastrous. The confusing design is responsible for hundreds of rollaway incidents and widely believed to have caused actor Anton Yelchin’s death.Continue reading article "Dodge's Dangerous e-Shift Design"
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.Continue reading article "Defective TIPM Causes Multiple Electrical Problems"
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 …Continue reading article "Stuck in Park"
The latest Durango recall wasn't caused by faulty parts, but sheer incompetence.
Dodge is positive that the side-curtain airbag fasteners work just fine but they may have been loosely installed or, in some cases, not at all!…keep reading article "Durango Recalled for Loose or Missing Side-Curtain Airbag Fasteners"
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 article "Some Dodge Vehicles Will Need New Catalytic Converters After Failing to Meet Emissions Standards"
Is that a light at the end of the Takata tunnel?
Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) says they’ve entered the _ fourth and final stage_ of Takata recalls with a campaign to replace the passenger-side inflators in 1.6 million vehicles.
The bulk of the vehicles are in the US and include the 2010 Dodge Ram 3500, 4500, 5500, the 2010-2011 Dakota, the 2010-2014 Challenger, and the 2011-2015 Charger.…keep reading article "FCA Recalls 1.6 Million Takata Inflators in 'Fourth and Final Stage'"
Did you know it’s been almost five years since the first Takata recall?
And just like the ongoing nightmare it’s become, we find ourselves staring down the barrel of yet another recall expansion.
Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) is recalling 317,000 vehicles, including the Dodge Challenger, Charger, Dakota, and older Ram trucks. David Woods of CarComplaints.com has the full breakdown of which model years and in what zones.…keep reading article "It’s Happening Again. More Dodge Vehicles Recalled with Dangerous Takata Airbags."
Like a rushed parent on Christmas Eve, Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) made a mistake when assembling the 3.6L V6 engine for the 2016 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Some crossover tubes were damaged, and now they're leaking gas.
"The problem was originally discovered in April 2016 when damage occurred to a fuel rail crossover tube on a 3.6-liter V6 engine. Engineers found 21 engines with damage to the crossover tubes out of 20,000 engines that were inspected."…keep reading article "Gas Leaks Found in FCA 3.6L V6 Engines"
The windshield washer pump in the 2016 Dodge Dart is way too amped.
In April 2016, engineers were able to duplicate the failure of the [windshield wiper] body control module and in May had identified the cause as transient voltage spikes coming from the windshield washer pump.
The investigation came after hundreds of warranty claims were filed about the wipers failing. The recalled Darts will need a kinder, gentler pump.keep reading article "2016 Darts Need A New Wiper Pump"
If the passenger airbag deploys in any car it means you've had a bad day.
However, if you own a 2016 Viper, it's been a really bad day. The vehicles have defective welds on the passenger airbag chutes that can cause the airbag doors to detach when the airbags deploy.
Well, really bad for the passenger I guess.…keep reading article "Heads Up! An Airbag Defect in the Viper Needs a Fix"
When the engine is running, your vehicle's alternator helps charge the battery and supplies additional power to the vehicle's electrical systems.
But for 86,000 Dodge Ram (and RAM) trucks it's also supplying something else – electrical shorts and fires. #notafeature
"Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) says the problem occurs with the alternator near maximum amperage in hot temperatures, conditions more likely to be experienced with corporate fleet vehicles compared to typical consumer driving."…keep reading article "Ram HD Truck Alternators Providing a Charge and Then Maybe a Flame, Too"
Three fatalities. Five injuries. One massive recall for Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) vehicles.
The automaker says it opened an investigation in April 2015 after 10 crashes were reported, and after months of research, engineers determined the occupant restraint control modules may short-circuit and prevent the frontal airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners and side air bags from deploying in a crash.…keep reading article "Three Fatalities. Five Injuries. One Massive Airbag Recall."
Have a beige interior Stratus?
Your car may have been recalled a second time for failing passenger side sun visors. The cars were
previously repaired for a June 2015 recall using an incorrect part that may not prevent the passenger-side sun visor from detaching if the passenger frontal airbag deploys and the passenger side sun visor is folded down in a certain position.
During the 2015 recall, the recalled vehicles weren't properly identified and given more faulty parts.keep reading article "Stratus Sun Visors Recalled (Again)"
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 article "It's Time to Dump Your Dodge Transmission Pump"
The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country have been recalled because they have nuts on the third-row seatback that weren't torqued properly during assembly.
The loose bolts may not hold the seatback, even more so in a crash.
The nuts were not tightened properly when the vans were built between March 16, 2016, to March 17, 2016.keep reading article "Small Recall for 3rd Row Seats in the Grand Caravan"
Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) announced they will recall 4.3 million vehicles with dangerous Takata airbags
, and that includes plenty of Dodge models.…keep reading article "Journey Leaks Power Steering Fluid When It’s Cold Outside"
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 article "Journey Leaks Power Steering Fluid When It’s Cold Outside"
Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) is recalling 1.1 million vehicles with electronic gear selectors.
While the system is working as it was designed, it's the design that's the problem.
"A driver should know the gear-selection based on multiple sets of indicator lights, unlike normal shifters that use a gear-selector position. However, hundreds of drivers have caused their vehicles to roll away because of not realizing the vehicles aren't in Park."
An investigation was opened earlier this year. One or two rollaways might be an accident, but hundreds? That screams of a "back to the drawing board" situation for the FCA team.…keep reading article "Electronic Gear Shifter Rollaways Lead to Massive FCA Recall"
Dodge Durango owners just can't seem to catch a break.
That is, unless, you're talking about the break in their braking system.
"Chrysler (FCA US) is recalling over 14,700 model year 2015-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs because the front brake calipers can break. Chrysler blames the problem on a supplier that manufactured the caliper with the wrong materials."…keep reading article "Busted Brake Recall for the 2015-16 Dodge Durango"
Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) says certain Dodge Darts are missing a software backup
in the powertrain control module (PCM).
"FCA is recalling 1,200 model year 2016 Dodge Dart cars equipped with 2-liter engines and manual transmissions. In addition, some 2015 Dodge Darts are included if they have the same engines and transmissions and were serviced between September 15, 2015, and January 12, 2016."
The PCM monitors the engine's torque output, and if it fails it won't be able to stop what FCA calls "an unauthorized torque event." That's twisted.keep reading article "Dart Recalled for Missing PCM Software"
Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) used expired primer to install the windshields in the 2015-2016 Chrysler Town and Country and 2014-2015 Dodge Grand Caravan.
And guess what? It's doing a terrible job stopping the windshields from falling out.
The automaker says lab results showed using urethane with a primer that expired in July 2015 always passed the tests. However, using urethane with a primer that expired in January 2015 failed 100 percent of the time.
Shocking.keep reading article "Dodge Used Expired Primer to Hold Windshields in Place. It’s Not Working."
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 article "Grand Caravan and Journey Mentioned in Continental Airbag Lawsuit"
More than 500,000 Dodge Chargers are part of an interesting recall.
While the owner's manual clearly says 'wheel chocks' should be used when changing a tire using a tire jack, not everyone follows instructions. Now at least three of those people ended up getting injured when changing their Charger's tires.
Darwin has an award for this sort of thing.
Rather than place blame, however, Dodge has decided to provide owners with free chocks.
They should be ready in April, 2016. Owners can call Dodge at 800-853-1403.keep reading article "Dodge Offering Free Chocks to Charger Owners"