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Fiat Chrysler Says Recalling 467,500 SUVs Worldwide


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday it will recall about 467,500 SUVs worldwide in order to fix a fuel-pump issue that could cause the engine to either stall or not start, reported Reuters.

The U.S. arm of Fiat Chrysler said it wasn’t aware of any crashes or injuries linked to this issue.

The vehicles affected are the Dodge Durango from model years 2012 and 2013 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel versions from 2011 model year sold outside North America.

The recall is related to one last September in North America for 230,760 Grand Cherokee and Durango SUVs with gasoline engines, both from the 2011 model year. No injuries or crashes linked to the issue were reported.

FCA said the no-start issue was more prevalent than the engine stall in the latest recall. It affects an estimated 338,216 vehicles in the United States, 18,991 in Canada, 10,829 in Mexico and 99,444 outside North America.

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Chrysler to Recall More Than 228,000 Jeep Cherokees


Chrysler will recall more than 228,000 vehicles because their airbags could unexpectedly inflate without a crash, reported the NYTimes.

The company will upgrade software governing side-curtain and seat-mounted side airbags in Jeep Cherokees from the 2014-15 model years, including more than 168,000 vehicles in the United States. Chrysler engineers initiated an investigation after getting reports of “a small number of inadvertent deployments involving drivers who executed extreme maneuvers.”

In these cases, the airbag systems, sensing potential rollovers, automatically activated. The action follows a much larger recall for inadvertent airbag deployments announced on Saturday by regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That recall covers about 2.1 million vehicles made by Chrysler, Toyota and Honda with airbags that might suddenly deploy.

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Approved Death Claims Related to GM Ignition Switch Recall Rise to 42


DETROIT – The number of approved death compensation claims related to a recall of a faulty General Motors ignition switch has risen to 42, reported MLive.

The claims were approved by a fund set up by GM to compensate victims of a defective part in mid-to-late-2000s model cars that has led to a massive recall and a federal investigation. The number of approved claims stood at 19 in mid-September and had grown steadily to 36 at the beginning of December.

The victim compensation fund is being overseen by Kenneth Feinberg, a Washington, D.C. attorney who oversaw similar compensation facilities for disasters such as the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The GM ignition switch claims facility released its latest report Friday.

The latest tally of claims received stands at 2,326, including 251 death claims, 156 “Category One” injury claims, or those resulting in quadriplegia, paraplegia, double amputation, permanent brain damage or pervasive burns, and 1,919 “Category Two” injury claims, or injuries that required a hospital visit within 48 hours of an accident.

To date, there have been 100 claims determined eligible, including the 42 death claims, as well as seven Category One injury claims and 51 Category Two claims.

The deadline for filing a compensation claim has been extended to Jan. 31.

According to the claims resolution facility’s program statistics, 306 claims have been deemed ineligible, while 568 are deficient and 445 are under review. Another 907 claims have been submitted with no documentation. Of those, 46 are death claims, 46 are Category One claims and 815 are Category Two.

GM has estimated that compensating all victims of the defective car part could cost the Detroit automaker anywhere from $400-600 million.

GM has recalled 2.6 million vehicles, including 2.2 million in the U.S., affected by the ignition switch. The recall includes 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2007-2010 Saturn Skys, 2005-2011 Chevrolet HHRs, 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstices, and 2005-10 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 models.

The faulty ignition switches at the heart of the unprecedented recall can move out of the “run” position to the “accessory” or “off” positions, leading to a loss of power. The risk may be increased if the key ring is carrying added weight or if the vehicle goes off road or experiences some jarring event, including rough roads. If the key turns to one of those positions, officials say the front air bags may not work if there’s a crash.

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Chrysler Expands Takata Passenger-Side Air Bag Recall in U.S.


Chrysler Group is expanding its U.S. recall of older-model vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, adding a second inflator design to the recall and more affected regions, reported Reuters.

Chrysler, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said in a statement late Thursday that it was recalling 208,783 vehicles by adding the second inflator family as well as including five states and three territories. The company said no accidents or injuries in any of its vehicles have been linked to any Takata passenger-side inflators.

Chrysler was one of 10 automakers who began a regional recall in June of older-model vehicles equipped with both driver- and passenger-side Takata air bags in areas with high humidity.

Including a recent passenger-side air bag recall involving a single pickup truck model and a different Takata inflator design, the total number of affected vehicles is estimated at 617,573, Chrysler said.

“Chrysler Group has not identified an inflator defect in any of its vehicles,” the company said. “However, the company is committed – out of an abundance of caution – to replacing these components.”

U.S. safety regulators have been pushing Chrysler to expand its recall of vehicles with Takata passenger-side air bags, adding to the June regional recall.

On Dec. 3, Chrysler recalled 2003 Ram pickup trucks with passenger-side bags using inflators from a product family code-named “SPI.” Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called the move “insufficient” because it failed to include all inflators covered by Takata’s defect information report.

The recall on Thursday covers inflators from the “PSPI” family of Takata inflators, Chrysler said.

NHTSA officials could not be reached for a comment on Friday.

The latest expansion adds Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, American Samoa, Guam and Saipan to a list that initially included Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In addition to no injuries or accidents involving PSPI inflators, the company has not identified a defect in the parts, including its lab tests of nearly 600 such inflators.

The Thursday recall affects 2003 to 2005 models of Dodge and Chrysler cars, pickup trucks and SUVs. Affected customers will be notified, beginning Feb. 8.

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NHTSA Urging GM Vehicle Owners to Get Faulty Ignition Switches Fixed


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday that General Motors now has enough parts to fix faulty ignition switches in mid-2000s model cars tied to a massive and deadly recall, reported MLive.

So the federal agency is urging owners of the affected cars to get the 1 million or so cars with the faulty ignition switches in them to get them fixed immediately.

Many GM dealers will help owners fix the vehicles after work and on weekends.

“Until the affected vehicle is fixed, owners should follow all of the interim safety steps advised by GM and keep in mind that the use of a single key is not a long term solution to the this serious safety problem,” NHTSA said Tuesday in a statement.

GM has recalled 2.6 million vehicles, including 2.2 million in the U.S., affected by the ignition switch. The recall includes 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2007-2010 Saturn Skys, 2005-2011 Chevrolet HHRs, 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstices, and 2005-10 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 models.

The faulty ignition switches at the heart of the unprecedented recall can move out of the “run” position to the “accessory” or “off” positions, leading to a loss of power. The risk may be increased if the key ring is carrying added weight or if the vehicle goes off road or experiences some jarring event, including rough roads. If the key turns to one of those positions, officials say the front air bags may not work if there’s a crash.

Thus far, GM has repaired almost 60 percent of the affected cars under the recall.

Meanwhile, he number of approved death compensation claims related to the recall has edged up to 36.

The claims were approved by a fund set up by GM to compensate victims of a defective part in mid-to-late-2000s model cars that has led to a massive recall and a federal investigation. The number of approved claims stood at 19 in mid-September and had grown steadily to 35 last month.

The victim compensation fund is being overseen by Kenneth Feinberg, a Washington, D.C. attorney who oversaw similar compensation facilities for disasters such as the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The GM ignition switch claims facility released its latest report Monday.

The deadline for filing a compensation claim has been extended to Jan. 31.

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Approved Death Claims Related to GM Ignition Switch Recall Rise to 36


The number of approved death compensation claims related to a recall of a faulty General Motors ignition switch has edged up to 36, reported MLive.

The claims were approved by a fund set up by GM to compensate victims of a defective part in mid-to-late-2000s model cars that has led to a massive recall and a federal investigation. The number of approved claims stood at 19 in mid-September and had grown steadily to 35 last month.

The victim compensation fund is being overseen by Kenneth Feinberg, a Washington, D.C. attorney who oversaw similar compensation facilities for disasters such as the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The GM ignition switch claims facility released its latest report Monday.

The latest tally of claims received stands at 2,215, including 229 death claims, 142 “Category One” injury claims, or those resulting in quadriplegia, paraplegia, double amputation, permanent brain damage or pervasive burns, and 1,844 “Category Two” injury claims, or injuries that required a hospital visit within 48 hours of an accident.

To date, there have been 80 claims determined eligible, including the 36 death claims, as well as five Category One injury claims and 39 Category Two claims.

The deadline for filing a compensation claim has been extended to Jan. 31.

According to the claims resolution facility’s program statistics, 216 claims have been deemed ineligible, while 463 are deficient and 375 are under review. Another 1,081 claims have been submitted with no documentation. Of those, 51 are death claims, 44 are Category One claims and 986 are Category Two.

GM has estimated that compensating all victims of the defective car part could cost the Detroit automaker anywhere from $400-600 million.

GM has recalled 2.6 million vehicles, including 2.2 million in the U.S., affected by the ignition switch. The recall includes 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2007-2010 Saturn Skys, 2005-2011 Chevrolet HHRs, 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstices, and 2005-10 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 models.

The faulty ignition switches at the heart of the unprecedented recall can move out of the “run” position to the “accessory” or “off” positions, leading to a loss of power. The risk may be increased if the key ring is carrying added weight or if the vehicle goes off road or experiences some jarring event, including rough roads. If the key turns to one of those positions, officials say the front air bags may not work if there’s a crash.

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