The hits keep on coming for Fiat Chrysler. Not long after being on the receiving end of harsh criticism from federal regulators, the automotive giant is issuing a recall for two SUV models.
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2015 Dodge Durango are being recalled due to rear lower control arms that may fracture, due to a manufacturing error. Chrysler estimates that more than 5,600 vehicles are affected.
The rear lower control arm is an important cog in governing ride height, rear end stability, and the ability to brake. A malfunctioning control arm increases the risk of crash. According to a safety recall report, the faulty arms were incorrectly heat treated, resulting in the parts having mechanical properties that are below specification.
The recall is expected to being August 10. Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts, free of charge. Owners are advised not to drive their vehicle until an inspection has been completed.
Chrysler is issuing another recall for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, due to an issue with the Power Liftgate option. In certain 2014 and 2015 models, water may enter the control module and cause a high resistance short circuit, which could result in a fire. Chrysler will notify owners, while dealers will inspect the part for water damage and install a foam water shield, free of charge. No recall schedule has been announced as of yet.
Owners with questions about either recall can call Chrysler customer service at (800) 853-1403.