Ford, Fiat Chrysler recall more than 360,000 vehicles

Defects identified in Transit Connect vans, Escapes, Jeep Cherokees

June 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler are recalling more than 360,000 vehicles between them over defects that could impact safety.

Ford is recalling 2203,500 Transit Connect vans and Escape sport-utility vehicles because of instrument panel and seatbelt issues. Warning chimes and lights might not work on the instrument panel when the vehicles are started.

There are have been no injuries or accidents attributed to the defects, the company said.

They were built at the Valencia assembly plant in Spain from May 13, 2014 to Dec. 10, 2014 and the Louisville assembly plant in Kentucky from May 19, 2014 to Feb. 6, 2015.

Meanwhile, the Dearborn, Mich. company is recalling one fleet customer’s 49 2015-model Transit vehicles in the U.S. for a seat belt labelling issue.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 164,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs worldwide to install shields that stop water from getting into the power rear lift gate controls.

The company says the recall covers the 2014 and 2015 model years. It addresses a problem that could cause a fire.

Fiat Chrysler says it learned of one fire and found that water can get into the lift gate control modules on some Cherokees and cause an electrical short. No injuries have been reported.

Fiat Chrysler will also replace control modules that have been exposed to water.

Fiat Chrysler says until repairs are made, owners of Cherokees with power lift gates should check cargo areas to make sure they are dry.

And US safety regulators are investigating complaints that a wiring problem in Jeep Wrangler steering wheels could stop the air bags from inflating in a crash.

The probe covers about 630,000 Wranglers from the 2007 through 2012 model years.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 221 complaints that the air bag warning light is illuminating, indicating an electrical problem in the steering wheel.

Jeep maker Fiat Chrysler recalled some right-hand-drive Wranglers in 2011 for the same problem. Now the agency is looking at left-hand-drive vehicles.

The agency reports no crashes or injuries because of the problem. The investigation could lead to another recall.

Fiat Chrysler says it is co-operating in the investigation. Owners whose air bag lights come on should contact their dealer.

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