The Italian-American multinational automobile manufacturer (Fiat Chrysler) is recalling 570,000 SUVs for fire risks in two campaigns linked to problems with vanity mirror wiring and a low-pressure hose.
The recalls are coming at a time when its safety efforts are under scrutiny from U.S. regulators. Earlier this month, it agreed to pay another $70 million in fines for failing to report vehicle crash deaths and injuries since 2003.
The Italian-American multinational automobile manufacturer said it is recalling 477,000 2011-2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation in May to determine if vehicles serviced in a prior related recall were at risk for fires or related.
Fiat Chrysler said overheating was reported in 0.02 percent of its vehicles serviced in the previous recall. According to Fiat Chrysler, the company said if the recall procedure was “not followed precisely, it may leave vehicles susceptible to a short-circuit, creating a potential fire hazard.”
The Italian-American automobile manufacturer also said it was recalling 93,000 2015 Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs in order to inspect and in some cases replace a clamp that secures a low-pressure return hose.
The company said that clamps in some vehicles produced during a five-month period this year may be out of position, which could allow rapid loss of power steering fluid and a fire hazard. Owners may also have other trouble such as steering.
The recalls covers about 413,000 SUVs in the United States, 32,000 in Canada, 16,000 in Mexico and 108,000 outside North America.
Fiat Chrysler has recalled around 12 million vehicles this year in the United States in more than 40 separate recalls, a record in the automaker industry; and who knows what 2016 holds? Well, only time will tell.