2016 Dodge Durango. Source: Dodge.com
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced on Friday that it will be recalling up to 88,000 vehicles worldwide due to defects that could cause fuel leaks or prevent the windshield wipers from working.
The vehicles affected include 34,633 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs from the 2016 model year, the FCA said in a statement on its website. Also included in the recall are 2,534 vehicles in Canada, 489 in Mexico, and 1,427 in other countries.
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Source: Jeep.com
FCA said in the statement that the recall was prompted by an investigation that discovered certain engines assembled in the first quarter of 2016 had fuel rail crossover tubes and manifold fasteners that made “inadvertent contact” due to a manufacturing error. This may result with damage that can lead to leakage and fire.
The recall affects selected truck models with 3.6-liter V6 engines assembled at the FCA’s Saltillo, Mexico assembly plant between February and April, according to the NHTSA.
FCA said that around 30 of the vehicles have the problem and will begin notifying dealers and owners “on or about” Dec. 19. Dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the fuel rails and intake manifolds as necessary.
Until then, customers are advised to be alert for potential fuel leaks and contact their dealers accordingly.
2016 Dodge Dart. Source: Dodge.com
In addition, Fiat Chrysler said in a separate statement that it will also recall up to 54,000 Dodge Dart compact sedans from the 2016 model year because of an electrical problem that causes the windshield wipers to malfunction.
The company said it reviewed warranty data and discovered that several pumps had electrical connections that “do not comply with FCA U.S. specifications,” potentially resulting in voltage spikes that will disable the wipers from working.
No injuries or accidents related to the windshield wiper problem have been reported by the FCA, although noting 17 customer complaints and four field reports were received to have been related to the issue.
According to the company, 53,155 vehicles in the U.S., 1,057 in Canada and 43 in Mexico will be affected by the recall, which is expected to begin at Dec. 19. Dealers will replace the pumps at no cost.