Imminent Recall: NHTSA Investigates Chrysler Over Two Broad Inquiries

Just two months are left until the end of the year but watchdogs of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aren't nearly done with their work. After the General Motors and Takata vehicle safety disasters, their focus is now on the Chrysler Group, which is investigated for two peculiar reasons.
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Firstly, the NHTSA received numerous complaints from angry owners, citing poor communication and slow execution of fixes on Chrysler-made vehicles which were recalled. At the forefront there's a lot of people alleging delays in supplying replacement components for a recall announced back in 2011.

That operation covers 250,000 Ram pickup trucks prone to tie-rod failure. As it happens, Chrysler told the NHTSA that replacement parts are delivered to dealers as soon as possible according to the promised quota, yet the agency began receiving complaints from owners that have been delayed by their dealerships due to replacement parts shortage.

"Many owners have complained of dealers informing them it would be many months before the dealership could secure a replacement part for their vehicle," disclosed the safety agency.

Chrysler is also investigated by the NHTSA for another, quite bigger problem

An undisclosed amount of consumer reports cite "frequent vehicle shutdowns with no restart capability on the highway, airbag non-deployment, random horn, headlight, taillight, door lock, instrument panel and windshield wiper activity, power windows going up and down on their own, failure of fuel pump shutoff resulting in unintended acceleration, and fires."

The problem seems to lie with a glitch affecting the power-module of nearly 5 million Chrysler vehicles. It's been a month or so since the company recalled 188,000 Dodge and Jeep-branded SUVs over this fault, but those owners that complained about the previously mentioned drive a broader range of Chrysler-made vehicles. "The TIPM is in millions of 2007-2014 Chrysler vehicles and fails at such a high frequency that Chrysler has run out of replacement parts."
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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