Fiat Chrysler Automobiles finds itself making the headlines with air bag and electrical problems on Ram trucks, while some Jeep models are having issues with the infotainment system and windshield wipers. Meanwhile, Honda is bringing back the Fit for ignition problems and Nissan begins two recall campaigns for the Armada and Versa. Find out if your vehicle is involved in this edition of the Recall Roundup.
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Automaker: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Affected Models: 2014 Jeep Cherokee
Vehicles Involved: 158,671
Problem: Cherokees built from January 4, 2013 to July 11, 2014 could have their windshield wiper control module short circuit due to static buildup, particularly if the wipers are turned on during dry conditions.
Solution: FCA has yet to announce a schedule for this recall. Dealers will install a new ground strap to the module to dissipate the possible static buildup. Owners can contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall number R39.
Affected Models: 2015 Jeep Renegade
Vehicles Involved: 7,810
Problem: Renegade models equipped with the 6.5-inch Uconnect infotainment system have a vulnerability that could allow third parties to gain access to some vehicle systems.
Solution: FCA will be sending owners a USB drive with an update to fix the problem. Owners can also download the update from the Uconnect site or visit a dealer to have the update performed. You can call FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall number R45 for more information.
Affected Models: 2014-2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
Vehicles Involved: 1,697
Problem: Rear-wheel drive models built from August 8, 2013, to July 2, 2015 have a battery wiring harness that could come into contact with the frame bracket for the right engine mount, possibly causing an electrical short. If a short occurs, it could cause the truck to stall or start a fire.
Solution: FCA will begin notifying owners next month about the problem. If you have a warning light on, you are asked to take your vehicle to the dealer for service immediately. Dealers will inspect the wiring harness to see if it’s properly secured. If the harness shows any wear, the dealer will replace it. Concerned owners can call FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall number R43.
Affected Models: 2014–2015 Ram 1500 Quad Cab
Vehicles Involved: 188,000
Problem: Trucks manufactured August 26, 2013, to August 8, 2015 have side-curtain air bags that might not completely cover the C-Pillar in the event of an accident. This violates Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 226 and increases the likelihood of injuries to rear seat passengers.
Solution: At the time of this writing, FCA is working on a fix to this problem. The recall is expected to begin on Sept. 18. Owners can call FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall number R47.
Affected Model: 2015 Honda Fit
Vehicles Involved: Approximately 17,800
Problem: One of the Honda Fit’s engine components may degrade over time and potentially cause the engine to stall. The issue is with the Fit’s plug top ignition coils.
Solution: Honda will begin notifying owners starting on Oct. 6. Dealers will replace the plug top ignition coils. If you have any questions or are wondering if your Fit is involved, you can visit recalls.honda.com or call 1-888-234-2138.
Affected Model: 2015 Nissan Armada
Vehicles Involved: 1,554
Problem: Models built from April 30, 2015, to June 5, 2015 have faulty seatbelt latches for the front seats, which may not latch properly or not unlatch when you press the button.
Solution: Owners will be notified early next month about the recall. Dealers will inspect the seat belt assemblies and replace if necessary. Owners with questions can call Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
Affected Models: 2012–2015 Nissan Versa, 2014–2015 Nissan Versa Note
Vehicles Involved: 298,747
Problem: Models built from June 9, 2011, to March 11, 2015 may have a loose trim panel that can catch on the driver’s foot when moving to the accelerator or brake, which increases the chance of an accident.
Solution: Nissan will begin notifying owners in mid-October. Dealers will modify the part in question.
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.