Chrysler Pacifica Vehicle Stalls
CHRYSLER PACIFICA OWNERS SEEK RECALL AS VEHICLES SHUT OFF WITHOUT WARNING
More than 50 Chrysler Pacifica owners have filed complaints with federal authorities claiming that their vehicles suddenly shut off while on the road. Despite the dangerous defect, Fiat Chrysler has failed to initiate a voluntary recall.
CENTER FOR AUTO SAFETY CALLS FOR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION AMID AUTOMAKER’S PREVIOUS RECALL CONTROVERSIES
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has sold more than 156,000 Pacifica minivans since the model was introduced in 2016. Now, the automaker is under pressure to address and resolve a serious safety defect which can result in these vehicles stalling, putting occupants at an increased risk of collision, injury, and death.
The Center for Auto Safety has filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) calling on the regulatory agency to open a formal investigation of the stalling issue and order a recall of the popular family vehicles.
The Center for Auto Safety’s call to action is especially significant in light of recent recall controversies involving Fiat Chrysler vehicles.
In 2015, NHTSA ruled that Fiat Chrysler had failed to promptly notify vehicle owners of recalls and delayed initiating repairs of defective models in 23 recalls covering roughly 11 million vehicles. The automaker was fined $105 million.
Fiat Chrysler was the subject of national headlines again last year when actor Anton Yelchin was killed by his Jeep Grand Cherokee which rolled backward down his driveway and crushed him. The vehicle was part of a recall related to defective electronic gearshifts, but it had not been repaired prior to the fatal accident. A wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Yelchin’s family.
FIAT CHRYSLER UNABLE TO IDENTIFY CAUSE OF CHRYSLER PACIFICA VEHICLE STALLS
At least 50 consumers have filed official complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and numerous others have reported instances of their vehicles stalling on Facebook and online forums.
In one report, a Chrysler Pacifica owner described how his brand new Pacifica minivan suddenly shut off as he was traveling 70 miles per hour down a busy highway outside of San Francisco. The motorist says he was left without electrical power and power steering and that he was nearly struck by a tractor-trailer as his vehicle slowed to a crawl.
Owners who have experienced the problem describe fear and uncertainty about operating their vehicles, and others say they have stopped driving their Pacificas all together in order to preserve their own safety and the safety of their children.
Fiat Chrysler admits that it is aware of the complaints, but says it has not found information pointing to a specific, widespread, or consistent problem. Additionally, dealers inspecting affected vehicles have not been able to replicate the problem.
Despite its failure to even identify the cause of the vehicle stalls, much less understand the full extent of the defect, Fiat Chrysler attempted to justify its decision not to recall the minivans in an official statement, saying that there is no indication that the function of airbags or seatbelt tension was compromised by the defect.
CHRYSLER PACIFICA DEFECT REMINISCENT OF INFAMOUS GM IGNITION SWITCH RECALL
News agencies have already begun drawing a comparison between the current Chrysler Pacifica defects and the General Motors ignition switch defect that has been linked to at least 124 deaths.
An investigation of the defective ignition switches determined that General Motors had known about the issue as early as 2001 but did not issue a recall for affected vehicles until March 2014. The delayed action lead to multiple congressional hearings during which the automaker’s CEO, Mary Barra, was called to testify about the company’s role in subsequent crashes, injuries, and deaths.
David Friedman, head of NHTSA at the time of the hearings, was also called to testify and explain why the agency closed investigations into the faulty ignition switches without issuing recalls.
GM eventually paid $900 million to settle a federal criminal investigation into its handling of the faulty ignition switches and set aside more than $590 million to compensate victims of the defect.
Chrysler also issued ignition switch recall as the General Motors investigations played out.
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