Jeep, Chrysler vehicles recalled over Alternator woes

Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300 vehicles affected

chrysler 300

Another recall of vehicles from the Fiat Chrysler stable today with word more than 9,500 Chrysler and Jeep vehicles could have a possibly dangerous electrical system fault.

The recall is being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and affects 2011-2014 (LX) Chrysler 300 cars and 2012-2014 (WK) Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV.

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Is your Chrysler/Jeep affected? Check your VIN here.

The ACCC recall notice advises that the affected Chrysler/Jeep vehicles are equipped with electro-hydraulic power steering (EHPS) and 180 AMP Alternator and 220 AMP Alternator.

The alternator of the affected models may experience diode thermal fatigue due to cyclical loads induced by the electro-hydraulic power steering (EHPS).

What are the hazards?

When the diodes fail, the alternator will no longer supply electrical energy to the vehicle. This may lead to the vehicle stalling without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

Failed diodes may also develop a resistive short circuit that can result in heat, smoke and/or fire originating within the alternator.

What should affected owners do?

Fiat Chrysler Australia (FCA) will notify owners of affected vehicles who can then schedule a service booking with their nearest Chrysler Jeep Dodge service centre who will carry out the repairs.

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