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410,000 Fiat Chrysler vehicles recalled for stalling risk

Jeep, Chrysler and Ram models part of voluntary recall

July 25, 2016 - AUTOWEEKFiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling nearly 410,000 ChryslerRam and Jeep vehicles worldwide for a wiring and software issue that could cause the vehicles to stall. The voluntary recall includes the 2015 Chrysler 200, 2015 Jeep Renegade, 2014-15 Jeep Cherokee and 2015 Ram ProMaster City.

Fiat Chrysler Recall - July 2016FCA says that the problem stems from an insufficient crimp in a wiring harness that can result in a solenoid fault code, prompting the engine to stop. No injuries or deaths have been reported in connection with this issue, but the automaker is taking the problem seriously since a sudden loss of engine power could lead to a crash. FCA points out the issue is a temporary one for these vehicles and that they can be restarted in case the problem occurs.

"Most vehicles in the recall population will not experience this fault code over their lifetimes," the automaker said in a statement. "However, should the condition occur, it can typically be temporarily resolved by stopping the vehicle and re-starting its engine. 

The automaker plans to replace the wiring harness and update vehicle software in the affected vehicles, some 323,361 of which have been sold in the U.S., with the rest in other markets, including Canada.

FCA has not indicated when affected owners will be contacted, though the automaker mentions that owners can contact its Customer Care Center at (800) 853-1403 prior to the start of the notification process.