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It’s Happening Again. More Dodge Vehicles Recalled with Dangerous Takata Airbags.

Did you know it’s been almost five years since the first Takatarecall? And just like the ongoing nightmare it’s become, we find ourselves staring down the barrel of yet another recall expansion.

Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) is recalling 317,000 vehicles, including the Dodge Challenger, Charger, Dakota, and older Ram trucks. David Woods of CarComplaints.com has the full breakdown of which model years and in what zones.

Overall FCA has a pretty small piece of the 3.3 million vehicle recall pie that’s happening across the entire industry right now. Takata inflators have been in the news a lot lately for new casualties, stop-driving orders, and questions from US Senators.

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Journey Leaks Power Steering Fluid When It’s Cold Outside

The 2009-2016 Dodge Journey likes to leak when it’s cold, according to Fiat-Chrysler (FCA). Good thing summer is on the way:

FCA says an investigation determined power steering fluid lines can leak when the engine is started in cold weather. The automaker says steering will be more difficult but a driver won’t lose steering control and no accidents or injuries have been reported.

Steering will be more difficult when the power steering goes out? Next you’ll tell me the sun is hot, or that traffic is a real drag.

FCA didn’t say when the recall will begin, but you can give ‘em a ring at 800-853-1403.

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Electronic Gear Shifter Rollaways Lead to Massive FCA Recall

Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) is recalling 1.1 million vehicles with electronic gear selectors. While the system is working as it was designed, it’s the design that’s the problem.

A driver should know the gear-selection based on multiple sets of indicator lights, unlike normal shifters that use a gear-selector position. However, hundreds of drivers have caused their vehicles to roll away because of not realizing the vehicles aren’t in Park.

An investigation was opened earlier this year. One or two rollaways might be an accident, but hundreds? That screams of a “back to the drawing board” situation for the FCA team.

The recall includes the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger, 2012-2014 Chrysler 300, and the 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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Busted Brake Recall for the 2015-16 Dodge Durango

Dodge Durango owners just can’t seem to catch a break. That is, unless, you’re talking about the break in their braking system.

Chrysler (FCA US) is recalling over 14,700 model year 2015-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs because the front brake calipers can break. Chrysler blames the problem on a supplier that manufactured the caliper with the wrong materials.

Warning signs include the “low brake fluid” warning light, leaking brake fluid, and oh yeah … a sudden inability to stop.

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Dart Recalled for Missing PCM Software

Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) says certain Dodge Darts are missing a software backup in the powertrain control module (PCM).

“FCA is recalling 1,200 model year 2016 Dodge Dart cars equipped with 2-liter engines and manual transmissions. In addition, some 2015 Dodge Darts are included if they have the same engines and transmissions and were serviced between September 15, 2015, and January 12, 2016.”

The PCM monitors the engine’s torque output, and if it fails it won’t be able to stop what FCA calls “an unauthorized torque event.” That’s twisted.

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Dodge Used Expired Primer to Hold Windshields in Place. It’s Not Working.

Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) used expired primer to install the windshields in the 2015-2016 Chrysler Town and Country and 2014-2015 Dodge Grand Caravan. And guess what? It’s doing a terrible job stopping the windshields from falling out.

The automaker says lab results showed using urethane with a primer that expired in July 2015 always passed the tests. However, using urethane with a primer that expired in January 2015 failed 100 percent of the time.

Shocking.

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