Fiat Chrysler Recalling Nearly 500,000 SUVs for Recall Fix

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced this week that they would be recalling nearly 500,000 SUVs — including more than 350,000 in the U.S. — for a vanity mirror wire that could potentially overheat and increase risk for a fire.

The affected SUVs are model year 2011-2012 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos made before Sept. 2, 2012. Those cars were the subject of an earlier recall that, if conducted improperly, could leave those cars more susceptible to a short circuit.

FCA said it was unaware of any injuries.

This year, FCA agreed to a fine and consent order with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which placed an independent monitor to oversee how the company conducts recalls. Earlier this year, NHTSA announced that former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater would monitor FCA’s future recalls.

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  • LectroByte LectroByte on Dec 26, 2015

    Somebody probably got promoted back in 2010 for saving 0.00173 cents per Jeep by specifying a smaller wire gauge for the vanity mirrors. Now just figure out what else they shaved costs off of that you don't know about.

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    • LectroByte LectroByte on Dec 29, 2015

      @danio3834 Thanks Danio. That wasn't the kind of routing I was thinking of, but that makes sense. Still, you'd think a short in a wire to a vanity bulb wouldn't start a fire, the fuse is too big?

  • RHD RHD on Dec 27, 2015

    Who was the genius that forgot to include a fuse in the vanity mirror circuit?

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Dec 28, 2015

    It's nice to see the GC in the photo taking the leap to it's natural used environment a year or two early.

  • HotPotato HotPotato on Dec 30, 2015

    Hair-thin wires to cut cost, weight, and the need for a fuse--you're a goddamned genius, Chrysler, nothing could go wrong except FIRE. Similar thinking leads to malfunctions anywhere a wire passes through a Journey's tailgate.