Chrysler Group has issued recalls to about 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUVs for issue in alternators and electric power mirrors. A failed alternator and a heated power wiring could result in fire related accidents.
The United States’ safety regulators on Thursday released the number of recalls this year, which reached 544 with a record 52 million vehicles. The vehicles affected in the recalls are 434,581 Chrysler 300 model year 2011-2014, Dodge Charger, Challenger, Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee that features a 2.6-liter engine and a 60-amp alternator. Recalls over the power mirror problem were issued to 313,326 Jeep Wranglers model year 2011 to 2013.
Chrysler had filed the issue with the U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which mentioned that the alternators can fail and cause failure in steering, antilock brakes and electronic stability control. Alternators recharge the battery while the vehicle is driven and also runs other devices. The company began a probe in August and found the issue while NHTSA began an investigation in July.
Recently, Chrysler had recalled a 2014 Durango and Jeep Grande Cherokee SUV over an airbag issue. The recall affects 184,215 vehicles worldwide and 126,772 vehicles in the US. In the current recall, the company will fix the new alternators for free while the owners will be notified in November. Most of the SUVs were mostly sold in the US, Canada and a small percentage were sold in Mexico and worldwide markets.
The issue of the power mirrors came into focus after there were 26 complaints based on the problem and three wranglers in Canada was damaged in February. However, no casualties, fires or injuries were reported. Chrysler received 322 complaints for the alternator problem while 55 people complained to the NHTSA.
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