Crankshaft, air bag problems prompt FCA recall

Keith Laing

Washington — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC is planning to recall 43,000 SVUs that are at risk of stalling due to problems with their crankshaft or camshaft sensors.

The company said Friday 43,071 vehicles are set to be called back because their crankshaft or camshaft sensors may only work intermittently, increasing the possibility of engine stalls. The recall is expected to begin on Jan. 27, 2017.

“If the engine stalls, there is an increased the risk of a crash,” FCA said in a notice that is posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.

FCA said the crankshaft and camshaft recall affects certain model year 2016 Dodge Journey, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Patriot vehicles that were manufactured between May 9 and July 15, 2016.

The company said it will notify owners of the affected vehicles and promised its dealers will replace the faulty crankshaft or camshaft sensor for free.

FCA also announced a planned recall for 23 2017 RAM ProMaster vehicles that have seat mounted side air bag inflator initiators that may fail to ignite during a crash. The call is scheduled to begin on Jan. 28, 2017.

“If the air bag inflator initiator fails to ignite, the air bag will not deploy, increasing the risk of injury,” the company said.

FCA said the RAM ProMaster affected vehicles were manufactured Oct. 1 and Dec. 7, 2016.

The company said the affected RAM ProMasters are in dealer hands or en route to dealers. No injuries have been reported from the airbag issue.

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