On June 22, 2015, NHTSA published a supplemental notice to the May 22, 2015 notice on a public hearing held Thursday July 2, 2015 on whether Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has reasonably met its obligations under the Safety Act to remedy recalled vehicles and to notify NHTSA, owners, and purchasers of recalls. The supplemental notice lists manufacturer recall remedy and notification requirements and goes into detail of FCA’s failure to properly execute those obligations. NHTSA has tentatively concluded that FCA has not notified vehicle owners about recalls and has not submitted information to NHTSA about its recalls that is timely, correct, complete, and in required form.
NHTSA also identified two extra recalls, Recall Nos. 14V-154 and 14V-635 for which it has concerns. According to the supplemental notice, the public hearing may address the following recalls: 13V–038, 13V–252, 13V–527, 13V–528, 13V–529, 14V-154, 14V–373, 14V–391, 14V–438, 14V–567, 14V–634, 14V-635, 14V–749, 14V–795, 14V–796, 14V–817, 15V–041, 15V–046, 15V–090, 15V–114, 15V–115, and 15V– 178. The twenty-two recall campaigns are to address the following:
- Loosening of the rear axle pinion nut causing loss of vehicle control (Recall No. 13V-038)
- Rear fuel tank structure's risk of failure (Recall No. 13V-252)
- Failure of the left tie rod assembly resulting in loss of steering control (Recall No. 13V-527)
- Failure of the left tie rod assembly resulting in loss of steering control (Recall No. 13V-528)
- Failure of the left tie rod assembly resulting in loss of steering control (Recall No. 13V-529)
- Water freezing in the brake booster (Recall No. 14V-154)
- Inadvertent ignition switch movement turning off the engine (Recall No. 14V-373)
- Vanity lamp wiring shortages resulting in fire (Recall No. 14V-391)
- Inadvertent ignition switch movement turning off the engine (Recall No. 14V-438)
- Inadvertent ignition switch movement turning off the engine (Recall No. 14V-567)
- Sudden failure of the alternator (Recall No. 14V-634)
- Electrical connectors of the diesel fuel heater may overheat (Recall No. 14V-635)
- Inoperative instrument cluster causing vehicle failure (Recall No. 14V-749)
- Broken springs in the clutch ignition interlock switch (Recall No. 14V-795)
- Loosening of the rear axle pinion nut causing loss of vehicle control (Recall No. 14V-796)
- Potential air bag inflator rupture with metal fragments causing serious injury (14V-817)
- Unintended air bag deployment during vehicle operation (Recall No. 15V-041)
- Unintended air bag deployment during vehicle operation (Recall No. 15V-046)
- Contaminated, dislodged or broken parking pawl or park rod (Recall No. 15V-090)
- Fuel leak near an ignition source (Recall No. 15V-114)
- Fuel pump relay causing a vehicle to stall without warning (Recall No. 15V-115)
- Driver and passenger side door latch failure (Recall No. 15V-178)
Additional information specific to the above recalls is online at http://www.safercar.gov/rs/chrysler/index.html.
The public hearing will be held beginning at 10 a.m. ET on July 2, 2015 at the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, DC. Persons wishing to attend or speak at the hearing must register in advance no later than June 30, 2015 (and June 26, 2015, for non-U.S. citizens), by following the instructions in the Procedural Matters section of the notice. Written comments on the matter must be submitted no later than June 23, 2015.
Docket ref: NHTSA-2015-0047.