FCA US started the month of March with a small recall. The Auburn Hills automaker previously known as the Chrysler Group issued a recall for more than 2,200 cars worldwide over fuel-delivery parts that could possibly leak.
The recall campaign covers an estimated 2,211 vehicles, specifically 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT coupes (pictured) and Dodge Charger SRT sedans which are powered by 6.2-liter V8 engines. The automaker learned of the possible fuel leak through a dealer which conducted a pre-delivery vehicle inspection. The components have undergone leak-testing, but the company’s engineers found out through its own investigation that some hose seals were not installed properly.
Majority of the recalled vehicles—about 2,012 units—are in the United States. FCA US knows of no crashes or injuries related to the issue. Dealers will replace the suspect fuel-delivery parts.
The hose seal recall comes after a larger callback issued by FCA US on Friday. The company said it is recalling about 467,480 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) worldwide over a fuel-pump issue.
The models covered by this recall are 2012 and 2013 Dodge Durango SUVs as well as non-NAFTA 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs that have 3.0-liter diesel engines under the hood. The campaign does not cover the models equipped with EcoDiesel engines.
Like in the March 1 recall, most of the vehicles covered by the fuel-pump-related callback are in the U.S. There are 338,216 affected units in the U.S. FCA US knows of no related accidents or injuries.
This recall is related to a previous recall issued last September, which affected 230,760 2011 Durangos and Grand Cherokees with gasoline engines. FCA US discovered that the fuel-pump relays have a tendency to be deformed and are therefore more likely to compromise fuel-pump function. Deformed fuel-pump relays can cause engine stalls and could prevent a vehicle from starting. The automaker noted that the latter condition is more common in this most recent callback.
FCA US also pointed out that the suspect component is found inside the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM), which is involved in other vehicle functions. The company clarified that other functions including airbag deployment are not affected by the suspect part.
The automaker will address the problem by installing a new relay circuit that makes the fuel-pump relay more durable. It will soon notify affected customers of when they can bring their vehicles for service but for now, it advises owners who experience engine stalls and no-start conditions to contact their dealerships.
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