Feds Open Review Into 4.9 Million Chrysler Vehicles After Reports of Electronic Failures | Edmunds

Feds Open Review Into 4.9 Million Chrysler Vehicles After Reports of Electronic Failures


Just the Facts:
  • NHTSA has opened a review into an estimated 4.9 million 2007-'14 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUVs, trucks and vans after reports of electronic failures that lead to a number of problems, including engine stall and fires.
  • Chrysler told Edmunds on Monday it is "actively investigating customer complaints and retrieving components from the field for closer analysis."
  • NHTSA said its investigation will focus on vehicles equipped with the Totally Integrated Power Module.

WASHINGTON The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a review into an estimated 4.9 million 2007-'14 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUVs, trucks and vans after reports of electronic failures that lead to a number of problems, including engine stall and fires.

Chrysler told Edmunds on Monday it is "actively investigating customer complaints and retrieving components from the field for closer analysis."

NHTSA said its investigation will focus on vehicles equipped with the Totally Integrated Power Module. The module helps to manage vehicle functions.

The agency oversees vehicle safety in the U.S. NHTSA said it is reviewing an August 21, 2014 petition from the Center for Auto Safety that is asking for a defect investigation "into failures associated with the Totally Integrated Power Module installed in Chrysler SUVs, trucks and vans beginning in the 2007 model year."

Specific vehicles have not been recalled at this point.

"The petitioner alleges Totally Integrated Power Module failures have resulted in engine stall, airbag non-deployment, failure of fuel pump shutoff resulting in unintended acceleration, fires and other symptoms," NHTSA said in the problem description posted on its Web site.

The petition cites 70 complaints received by the Center for Auto Safety. NHTSA's initial analysis shows 51 reports alleging incidents of engine stall or no-start. Three complaints reported incidents of smoke or fire.

"None of the reports provided alleged (Totally Integrated Power Module) failures resulting in airbag non-deployment or unintended acceleration and none of the complaints alleged a crash," NHTSA said.

On September 20, Chrysler announced that it is recalling an estimated 188,723 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs in the U.S. because of a problem with the fuel-pump relay located inside the Totally Integrated Power Module. 

"Such a condition may prevent a vehicle from starting or lead to engine stall," Chrysler said at the time.

Edmunds says: Consumers will have to wait for federal safety regulators to do their work before taking any action. But if you are experiencing a problem with your vehicle, it's best to get it into your dealership for service.

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