Jeep #4 Report: Safety Recall R27
About two weeks ago I received a safety recall notice from FCA Chrysler. It’s for R27—the water leak in the power liftgate module that could cause a fire.
Parts are not available.
The notice also informed me that Jeep #4 was affected by R40 (the hacking issue). Three Jeep owners have filed a lawsuit seeking a class action against FCA Chrysler.
The problem is that moisture is leaking down into the liftgate wiring, causing potential electrical issues and creating a fire hazard. In a statement, FCA says it investigated one reported vehicle fire and determined that the fire was likely the result of water intrusion, which had short-circuited the Cherokee’s power liftgate control module. The automaker is unaware of any related injuries or accidents related to the problem. — CarProUSA.com article 06-25-15
Question of the Day: According to NHTSA, what is an acceptable amount of time for car owners to wait before the manufacturer makes parts available to dealers and for the dealers to fix the cars? (And when will FCA replace Marchionne?) (And why does water keep leaking inside of Jeeps?)
Jeep Safety News
- The Detroit News reports that NHTSA is investigating 408,000 Jeep SUVs for rollaway risk (08-25-2015)
- Driving (Canada) reports that Fiat Chrysler kept hacking risk from NHTSA for 18 months (08-06-15)
- The Detroit News reports that a Georgia court reduced the settlement FCA must pay the family from $150 million to $40 million (07-28-2015)
- Car Complaints reports that another lawsuit in the death of Kayla White is expected (08-02-2015)
- CBS News reports that Fiat is the most hated car in America, with Chrysler and Jeep rounding out the bottom three (08-25-2015)
- In Canada, CBC News reports a $5.2 billion class action lawsuit against FCA Chrysler (07-29-15)