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Recall of over 354,000 Jeeps due to detachable rear coil springs during movement

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More than 354,000 Jeeps recalled as rear coil springs can detach while they’re moving

What happens when car parts suddenly become unsafe? It’s a nightmare for car manufacturers and drivers alike. Recently, FCA US LLC (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) announced the recall of over 354,000 Jeep SUVs due to an issue with their rear coil springs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the rear coil springs on affected Jeeps can separate and cause dangerous driving conditions. The recall affects Jeep Grand Cherokee (model year 2011-2013) and Dodge Durango (model year 2011-2013) vehicles.

What is the cause of the recall?

The recall was issued after FCA received reports of incidents involving the rear coil springs detaching from affected vehicles while driving. The NHTSA also received complaints from some drivers who reported hearing unusual sound or feeling vibration while driving before the incident. The automaker attributed the problem to an overcorrection in “heat treatment” during the manufacturing process of the springs. As a result, the affected springs may fracture and could detach from the vehicle, causing loss of control and increasing the risk of a crash.

How many vehicles are affected by the recall?

The recall affects more than 354,000 Jeep SUVs in the United States alone, including 254,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 100,000 Dodge Durango vehicles. The affected vehicles were manufactured between 2010 and 2013, and the majority of them were sold in the United States. On its website, the NHTSA stated that the rear coil springs on affected vehicles need to be replaced in order to prevent detachment while in motion.

What are the potential hazards of the recall?

The recall highlights the potential hazards of driving a car that has a defect or a faulty part. In this case, the defect could cause the rear coil springs to detach while the vehicle is in transit, which could lead to the driver losing control of the car. Depending on the speed and conditions at the time, the driver and passengers could be at serious risk of injuries or fatalities. Furthermore, if the detached coil spring were to hit another vehicle or a pedestrian, the results could be catastrophic.

How can Jeep owners check if their car is affected?

According to FCA, the company will start notifying affected owners by mail on October 2nd, 2021. Owners of Jeeps and Dodge Durango models that fall under the recall are advised to take their vehicles to a certified dealer for inspection. The dealer will check and replace the rear coil springs free of charge. Affected owners can also contact FCA US LLC at 800-853-1403 for more information.

What are the consequences for FCA?

The recall represents a major setback for FCA after the automaker resolved a long-standing dispute with the NHTSA in 2017 regarding the recall of millions of vehicles with Takata airbags. FCA has said that it will work with the NHTSA and its dealers to resolve the rear coil spring issue, but the recall will still leave a dent in the automaker’s reputation and finances. The cost of the recall is estimated to be in the millions of dollars, not to mention a hit to the company’s brand reputation, customer trust, and future sales.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the recall of more than 354,000 Jeep SUVs due to issues with the rear coil springs highlights the importance of taking prompt action when a vehicle defect is identified. FCA is taking steps to address the issue and has assured customers that the safety of their vehicles is their top priority. Affected Jeep and Dodge Durango owners should take advantage of the company’s offer to replace the rear coil springs free of charge. Meanwhile, this serves as a cautionary tale for all automakers to prioritize safety and quality control during the manufacturing and design process.

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