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Recall Roundup: Fiat Chrysler Recalls 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee to Fix Transmission Issue

Recall Roundup: Fiat Chrysler Recalls 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee to Fix Transmission Issue

By Joseph Dobrian, May 24, 2016
During the past week, automakers recalled a total of 35,012 vehicles from the 2014-2016 model years—the majority of which are 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. Vehicles from Fiat Chrysler (FCA), Ford Motor Company (Ford), Subaru, and Volkswagen Group are affected. Details for each safety recall are below, in alphabetical order by car brand.


2016 Ford Fusion
  • Number of vehicles affected: 39
  • Date of manufacture: March 10, 2016 through March 16, 2016
  • Issue: The driver’s seat track assembly's rear riser may have been improperly welded to the seat track rail, and as a result, the driver may not be adequately restrained in a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 207: Seating Systems and No. 210: Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages. An improperly welded driver seat riser may fail to adequately restrain the driver during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: Ford quarantined the affected vehicles at dealerships prior to their sale. Dealers will replace the front driver seat track rail free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall began on April 26, 2016.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 16C05
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V250000
  • Number of vehicles affected: 32,267
  • Date of manufacture: May 15, 2015 to February 19, 2016.
  • Issue: The brake transmission shift interlock solenoid may have a loose electrical connection that could result in a loss of solenoid function. If the solenoid loses function, the transmission may lock in the Park or Neutral position when the vehicle comes to a stop, possibly rendering the vehicle disabled in traffic.
  • Remedy: FCA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shifter assembly free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin on May 27, 2016. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
  • Manufacturer recall number: S28
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V249000


2014-2016 Ram ProMaster, ProMaster City
  • Number of vehicles affected: 1,576
  • Date of manufacture: July 24, 2015 to February 15, 2016
  • Issue: The trailer tow lighting control module may have a software error and can prevent illumination of the trailer brake lights during brake actuation. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 108: Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Assoc. Equipment.
  • Remedy: FCA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the trailer tow light control module free of charge.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
  • Manufacturer recall number: S22
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V253000


2015 Subaru Legacy
2015 Subaru Outback
  • Number of vehicles affected: 766
  • Date of manufacture: July 20, 2015
  • Issue: The brake fluid used in these vehicles may contain excess moisture, which may adversely affect the performance of the electronic stability control system. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 126: Electronic Stability Control Systems. Poor performance of the electronic stability control system when it is activated may result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will perform an ABS activation, then flush and replace the brake fluid free of charge.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783.
  • Manufacturer recall number: WTC-64
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V251000


2016 Volkswagen Touareg
  • Number of vehicles affected: 366
  • Date of manufacture: July 7, 2015 to March 3, 2016
  • Issue: The tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may be improperly calibrated and, as a result, may fail to warn the driver that the tire pressure is low. Additionally, the tire pressures printed on the safety certification labels are incorrect. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 138: Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.
  • Remedy: Volkswagen has notified owners, and dealers will correct the TPMS settings and replace the safety certification label free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall began on May 13, 2016.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 44M9
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V243000

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