FCA Working To Find Engine Problem Cause
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is having a hard time with consumer group pushing it to make a yet another recall for the highly popular yet controversial 2017 Pacifica minivans. Hundreds of can owners have complained to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the car stalling at various speeds or even during idling. Some of the car owners also reported that the car lost its power completely in several instances. The consumer group is pushing FCA to make an official recall of around 150,000 minivans to avoid serious safety risks to the car occupants in case the car gets stalled on a busy highway, even though no such cases have been reported yet.
The experts at the FCA are working had to replicate the problem during the tests and find out the cause of the problem. What makes the matter worse is that the 3.6 liter Pentastar V-6 engine used in the minivan already has a bad reputation and is a subject of several recalls with 2014 Jeep Cherokee and 2016 Fiat 500X. It is certainly hard for Chrysler to find a fix for this issue unless it identifies the cause and the company is leaving no stone unturned to find it. Dealers are trying several unrelated fixes to the cars coming in for regular maintenance while some dealers are asking car owners to use data recorders to get to the root of the problem. The automaker told the Associated Press that it was “monitoring the data and will respond if a safety defect is found.”
According to Jason Levine, the executive director of the Centre for Auto Safety, “Just as it is not necessary for Chrysler to identify the exact cause of the defect before it provides its owners loaner vehicles for their safety, NHTSA should not wait for a body count to exercise its authority under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act to ensure consumer safety.” This certainly makes things difficult for FCA as 2017 Pacifica has already seen four major recalls in the last few months. FCA is known to have a poor recall performance and with the memories of 2015 agreement that forced the automaker to cough up $105 million as a penalty to NHTSA still afresh, FCA is certainly racing against time.
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