Chrysler Wants a Second Look at Pacifica Minivans
Fiat Chrysler America is recalling nearly 48,000 Pacifica minivans over concerns about suspension and steering components.
Defects in car parts that connect the minivans’ steering and suspension on the front right wheel could cause drivers to lose control of the cars, according to the company. That creates the risk of a possible crash.
The recall covers 2018 Pacifica and Pacifica hybrids. The company was expected to start notifying owners of effected vehicles on April 19. Owners can also check to see if their cars are part of the recall by plugging the Vehicle Identification Number into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.
“Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the right front knuckle and lower control arm for damage, replacing the components as necessary,” the company said in a notice filed with the NHTSA. “The right front lower control arm knuckle pinch bolt will be replaced with a larger-diameter pinch bolt. These repairs will be performed free of charge.”
This isn’t the first time FCA has asked to take another look at 2018 Pacifica vans. The company recalled more than 10,000 of the hybrid version of the vehicles late last year. It said engine problems could cause some minivans to catch on fire.
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Fiat Chrysler is far from the only car manufacturer who recently has had to call back vehicles because of defects that pose serious safety hazards. That’s why the California Lemon Law was designed to protect car buyers and lessors whose vehicles don’t work properly.
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