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From Products Liability Law Daily, June 30, 2015

FCA US Jeep/SUV recall affects 7,000+ vehicles with improperly heat-treated suspension components

By John Dumoulin

FCA US LLC has recalled approximately 7,757 model year 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durango SUVs assembled from June 12, 2015, through June 20, 2015, because they may have been inadvertently equipped with improperly heat-treated suspension components. This condition, which was not apparent during the assembly process, could lead to component breakage, rear-end instability, and/or reduced braking power, FCA US reported. FCA US is unaware of any related injuries, accidents or customer complaints.(FCA US Press Release, June 28, 2015).

FCA US announced that it is advising approximately 65 SUVs owners in the United States to stop driving their vehicles. This recall also affects about 5,608 vehicles believed to be in the United States, 255 in Canada, 65 in Mexico, and 1,829 that are destined for markets outside the NAFTA region but which have not been shipped and await inspection, plus a larger number of vehicles subject to recall because they were built during the same period.

According to the company’s press release, the component supplier discovered a potential problem with the SUVs during an internal quality review. FCA US was alerted, launched an investigation to determine if any vehicles were affected and, out of an abundance of caution, halted vehicle shipments from its assembly plant. Production has since resumed with components that adhere to the company’s strict manufacturing specifications, according to FCA US. The other vehicles noted above are subject to the recall because they were built during the same eight-day period as the 65 in the field. However, because the supplier’s production anomaly was detected quickly, the number of vehicles actually affected by the suspect components is estimated to be no more than 13 percent of the total. In addition, FCA US said that the larger population is limited mostly to vehicles that are not yet in service. They are in dealer hands or are in transit to dealers. Their locations are precisely known. All will be inspected and serviced—if necessary—before delivery or sale.

Remedy. FCA US is phoning the customers who have taken delivery to arrange on-site vehicle inspections. If an inspection determines a vehicle is equipped with a suspect component, the vehicle will be transported to a dealership for service. In the interim, owners of new Grand Cherokee or Dodge Durango SUVs may determine if their vehicles are in the recall population by entering their vehicle identification numbers in the online search engines at http://recalls.mopar.com/ orhttps://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/. A vehicle identification number, or VIN, can be found at the base of a vehicle’s windshieldon the driver’s sideor on the placard affixed to the driver’s-side doorjamb. The placard also indicates when the vehicle was assembled.

Contact information. Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: FCA US LLC

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