Fiat Chrysler just announced two recalls of Jeep Wranglers and Ram pickups, affecting almost 311,000 vehicles. The recall affects certain 2016 and 2017 Jeep Wranglers, but the company says that all of the affected 2017 models have not been sold yet.
The Wranglers have defective wiring. The writing disconnects from impact sensors in certain types of crashes, which could prevent the airbags and pretensioners from activating. Fiat Chrysler says that it discovered the problem in a routine, in-house crash test and recalled the vehicles immediately. The Jeeps must be rewired. There have been no known injuries or fatalities related to the issue.
The other recall affects 2007 to 2013 Ram 2500 and 2500 pickups, and 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs, as well as 2011 to 2014 Dodge Charge police vehicles. There is a problem with the alternators that can cause them to short out in hot temperatures, which could lead to a vehicle stalling or catching fire. Fiat is aware of one injury which may be linked to the alternator problem.
Fiat Chrysler appears to have taken immediate action in the case to rectify the situation once it was identified. Many automobile manufacturers choose to hide a problem once they become aware of it, which can result in thousands of injuries and a number of deaths. Automobile manufacturers often believe that the issue will not become public, and that it would be cheaper to quietly settle any cases than it would be to recall a large number of vehicles.
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