SAFETY RECALL UPDATES – November 10, 2014

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This week’s safety recall updates will affect approximately 600,000 units sold by the Chrysler Group LLC. Proving that they are relentless in their dedication to providing consumers with the safest product possible, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to recall vehicles without favor. Log onto BestRide.com for the latest safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and millions of listings for new and used cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans.

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Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb of your vehicle (most vehicles) for the production date (Month/Year). This will help you to determine whether your ride is under an NHTSA recall.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V635000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: P65

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2010-2014 Dodge Ram 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks manufactured from March 27, 2009 through September 5, 2013. Approximately 314,704 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles, the electrical connectors of the diesel fuel heater could overheat.

Concern: If the connectors overheat, the fuel heater may leak fuel. The melted electrical connectors and the presence of diesel fuel could dramatically increase the risk of a fire.

Correction: Chrysler will notify owners with detailed instructions for allowing qualified dealers to replace the harness side connector with a silver plated beryllium copper terminal service kit, and inspect the fuel heater for leaks, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 5, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

NOTE: If you own or regularly operate a vehicle that is included in this recall, please park it outdoors until the condition is rectified. Avoid parking in a habituated structure at all costs, as a vehicle fire can easily spread to the structure.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V636000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: P64

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Dodge Durango and 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured from October 3, 2013 through April 11, 2014. Approximately 132,223 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: Due to an issue with the software for the Steering Column Control Module (SCCM), the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) may be disabled.

Concern: If the ESC is disabled during certain driving situations, the driver may not be able to adequately control the vehicle, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Chrysler will notify owners with specific instructions for locating qualified dealers who will update the SCCM software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 5, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

NOTE: Pay close attention to your dash and instrument panel for warning lamps and always wear your safety belt.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V643000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: P67

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from June 2, 2013 through June 28, 2014 and 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured from October 30, 2012 through April 30, 2014.Approximately 126,772 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: Due to a fault within the Occupant Restraint Control (OCR) module, the frontal air bags, seat belt pre-tensioners, and side air bags may be disabled. The malfunction indicator light “MIL” should illuminate to initially warn drivers of a failure.

Concern: If the frontal air bags, seat belt pre-tensioners, and side air bags are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a motor vehicle crash that necessitates use of the passive restraint system.

Correction: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ORC module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 8, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

NOTE: If you own a vehicle that is affected by this condition, use caution when driving, avoid aggressive driving situations, and have the condition repaired as soon as possible.

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S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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