Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are making the headlines with recalls in the past two weeks. From vehicles that can be hacked through their infotainment system to air bag issues on Ram trucks. Meanwhile, Cadillac, Ford and Mini have their own set of recalls. Find out if your vehicle is involved in this edition of the Recall Roundup.
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Automaker: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Affected Models: 2013-2015 Dodge Viper; 2013–2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 Pickups; 2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs; 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee, 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, 2015 Chrysler 200, 2015 Chrysler 300, 2015 Dodge Charger and 2015 Dodge Challenger
Vehicles Involved: Approximately 1,400,000
Problem: A story published by Wired Magazine revealed a vulnerability where a hacker could take full control of the Uconnect infotainment system found in many Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles. This was demonstrated on a Jeep Cherokee, where two hackers were able to control a number of components while the vehicle was moving.
Solution: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be sending out a USB device to affected owners to update the Uconnect system. Owners can also go online, input their vehicle identification number (VIN) and download the update. Alternatively, dealers will also complete the installation free of charge. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is urging owners to get the software update. If you have questions about this recall, you can call the FCA US Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall number R40.
Affected Models: 2012-2014 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 pickups
Vehicles Involved: 1,060,531
Problem: Trucks equipped with an electronic vehicle information center option have a steering wheel wiring harness that may rub against the retainer spring for the driver’s air bag. The rubbing could cause an electrical short to appear and cause the air bag to unexpectedly deploy.
Solution: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will begin notifying owners of the recall. Starting on September 19th, dealers will inspect the wiring harness and repair it if necessary. From there, dealers will secure the harness and add protective caps to the retainer spring. For more information, you can call FCA US Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall number R36.
Affected Models: 2013–2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 Pickups
Vehicles Involved: 667,406
Problem: Trucks built between June 20, 2012 and January 26, 2015 may have overly sensitive calibrations for the side impact sensor. This could cause the side air bags to unexpectedly deploy.
Solution: Dealers will update the calibration for the Occupant Restraint Control module. For more information, you can call FCA US Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall number R23.
Affected Models: 2015 Ford Flex and Taurus; 2015–2016 Ford Explorer, 2015 Lincoln MKS and MKT
Vehicles Involved: 7,165
Problem: The vehicles involved in this recall may have a parking brake that doesn’t fully engage when applied. This could cause the vehicle to roll backward and cause an accident.
Solution: Starting on August 31st, dealers will inspect the parking brake system and replace the system if necessary. For more information, you can call Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332 and ask about recall number 15C07.
Automaker: General Motors
Affected Models: 2013 – 2016 Cadillac ATS Sedan
Vehicles Involved: 63,665
Problem: If equipped, the sunroof may close automatically when the non-recessed portion of the “Slide” or “Tilt” switches are pressed and the sunroof is open. The switches aren’t recessed enough to meet federal standards. It should be noted that this is an expansion of an earlier recall that dealt with 2013 to 2015 ATS sedans. GM says they have added 2016 model year vehicles to the recall and 70 percent of vehicles that were involved in the original recall need to be fixed again.
Solution: Dealers will replace the trim plate for the roof console accessories for free. GM has not yet announced when they will notify owners. If you have any questions you can call GM at 1-800-458-8006.
Affected Models: 2014–2015 Mini Cooper and Cooper S Two-Door; 2015 John Cooper Works Two-Door
Vehicles Involved: 30,456
Problem: These recalled models don’t meet side impact performance requirements for rear seat passengers, which could mean a higher risk of injury for those sitting in the back.
Solution: Starting on September 12, dealers will install additional energy absorption material between the exterior and interior panels. Owners of affected vehicles can call Mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525 with any questions.
Check out the myCARFAX smartphone app if you want to be kept up to date when a recall has been announced on your vehicle. This app will notify you about open recalls on your vehicle. You can also use the app to track your vehicle’s service history, receive alerts for upcoming service and find trusted repair shops. You can download myCARFAX for free through Google Play or the iTunes store.