Recall Roundup: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Recalls Chrysler, Jeep SUV, Ram Models for Transmission Issue

Recall Roundup: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Recalls Chrysler, Jeep SUV, Ram Models for Transmission Issue

By Joseph Dobrian, August 08, 2016
  • 2015 Jeep Renegade photo

    During the past week, General Motors (GM), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (FCA US), Mercedes-Benz USA, Nissan North America, and Porsche Cars North America issued recalls of a total of more than 470,000 light vehicles, from the 2011 through 2017 model years. The largest recall comes from FCA US, and involves 412,855 vehicles of the Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram brands from the 2014 and 2015 model years. Details for each safety recall are on the pages that follow, in alphabetical order by car brand.

  • 2016 Buick Envision photo

    2016-2017 Buick Envision

    • Number of vehicles affected: 4,558
    • Date of manufacture: February 4, 2016 to April 25, 2016
    • Issue: The Tire and Loading Information label may display the incorrect maximum weight information, which may cause an owner to overload the vehicle. Overloading may reduce vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
    • Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected label, as necessary, free of charge.
    • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 56340
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V516000
  • 2011 Buick Regal photo

    2011 Buick Regal

    • Number of vehicles affected: 42,984
    • Date of manufacture: November 3, 2009 to March 25, 2011
    • Issue: The power seat wiring harness on the 8-way power-adjustable seats may contact the seat frame, causing the wires to chafe. Chafed harness wires may cause a short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.
    • Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and secure the wiring harness and repair any chafed wires, as necessary, free of charge.
    • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 30710
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V517000
  • 2015 Chrysler 200 photo

    2015 Chrysler 200; 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee; 2015 Jeep Renegade; 2015 Ram ProMaster

    • Number of vehicles affected: 412,855
    • Date of manufacture: The recall affects vehicles from the 2014 and 2015 model years.
    • Issue: FCA US is recalling certain model-year 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and 2015 Chrysler 200, Jeep Renegade, and Ram ProMaster vehicles equipped with 9-speed automatic transmissions. The transmission sensor clusters may have insufficient crimps in the transmission wire harness, and as a result, the transmission may unexpectedly shift to neutral. If the vehicle unexpectedly shifts to neutral, risk of a crash increases.
    • Remedy: FCA US will notify owners, and dealers will update the transmission software to prevent the transmission from shifting into neutral due to a faulty crimp at no charge to the vehicle owner.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin on August 26, 2016. Owners may contact FCA US customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
    • Manufacturer recall number: S55
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V529000
  • 2013 Infiniti M35h photo

    2012-2013 Infiniti M35 Hybrid

    • Number of vehicles affected: 1,140
    • Date of manufacture: March 23, 2010 to September 9, 2013
    • Issue: A system-overheat condition may cause the hybrid powertrain control module to shut off the engine. If the engine shuts off while driving, risk of a crash increases.
    • Remedy: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the hybrid control module, automatic transmission control unit, and inverter software free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall will begin by September 6, 2016. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V527000
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class photo

    2015 Mercedes-Benz C300, C400

    • Number of vehicles affected: 9,137
    • Date of manufacture: June 18, 2014 to September 5, 2014
    • Issue: The vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108: Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. The affected vehicles were assembled with horizontal adjustment mechanisms that allow the owner to change the horizontal adjustment used during the manufacturing process, instead of the proper sealing caps. If the original horizontal adjustment is used to alter the low-beam aim, the misaimed headlamp may not properly illuminate the road, or may cause increased glare to oncoming drivers, which increases the risk of a crash.
    • Remedy: Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will replace the horizontal adjustment mechanisms on the headlamps with sealing caps on the affected vehicles.
    • The recall began May 23, 2016. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
    • NHTSA recall number: 15V087000
  • 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder photo

    2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

    • Number of vehicles affected: 306
    • Date of manufacture: February 2, 2015 to July 1, 2015
    • Issue: Incorrect screws might have been used when re-installing and/or re-securing the seat belt mount or the seat belt reel during vehicle service. In the event of a crash, the incorrect bolts may not keep the seat belts properly anchored to the car, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupants.
    • Remedy: Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will inspect, and as necessary, replace the seat belt mount and seat belt reel attaching bolts at no cost to the vehicle owner.
    • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243.
    • Manufacturer recall number: AG04
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V520000
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