69K Chargers and 300s Recalled For Driveshafts Disconnect Issue
FCA prepares for another recall. After a blisfull couple of months without any major recalls, the company now scheduled one to start with the 1 March this year. It concerns 69,298 Chargers and 300 models for an issue with the drive shaft. Apparently, the front connection point of the front driveshaft isn’t up to the manufacturer’s specifications. Eight bolts linking the front driveshaft with the rest of the drivetrain can loosen, thus, in extreme cases, totally disconnecting the driveshaft from the engine cutting the power to the wheels.
Starting with 1 March, FCA will notify all owners of the concerned vehicles. They already reported that this recall affected vehicles produced from 2014 to 2017. Service technicians will replace all eight bolts free of charge and install new, slightly modified units.
Last year, FCA had to deal with two massive recalls. We all remember that confusing shifter problem. Some even blamed confusing shifter design for the death of popular actor Anton Yelchin who was pinned by his Jeep to a brick wall. Jeep even released a statement with condolences about Yelchin death.
“FCA US extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Yelchin,” a representative for Jeep told TheWrap. “The company will be conducting a thorough investigation of this tragic incident. It is premature to speculate on its cause at this time.”
Another recall included almost 2 million vehicles worldwide for faulty airbag and seatbelt pre-tensioners.
It is important to note that NHTSA did not report any injuries or accidents related to driveshaft disconnect issue.
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