Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia has issued recalled for four of its models in Australia, with two pairs of models each affected by two separate issues.
Models equipped with electro-hydraulic power steering along with a 180 amp or 220 amp alternator may experience ‘diode thermal fatigue’. In other words, the diode may fail and thus the alternator will no longer replenish spent electrical energy to the system.
Should this occur, the engine may stall without warning, potentially causing a hazard for the vehicle occupants and other road users.
Further, a failed diode may cause a short circuit, causing smoke or fire under the bonnet.
FCA has identified a weakness with the steering wheel wiring harness, which may become trapped between a plastic tab and the edge of the horn plate inside the steering wheel assembly.
Pinched wires may wear through, causing a short circuit. Should this occur, the driver’s airbag may deploy when not required distracting the driver and causing a potential hazard or risk of injury.
The recall process will see the harness inspected and replaced where necessary at no cost to owners.
FCA will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer.
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