Automotive safety regulators in the United States recently announced that a probe into older model Fiat Chrysler Automobiles minivans that had stalling issues was ended, with the problems not posing a safety hazard.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the reported issues are not likely to lead to accidents after it concluded an investigation initiated in 2014 over the stalling problems. If the result was different, a recall could have been initiated for 1.86 million Dodge Caravan, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & County and Chrysler Voyager minivans that were built in model years 2003 to 2007. According to the governmental safety agency, the issue has not been linked to any reports of accidents or traffic injuries. “The stalls occurring in these vehicles only occur immediately after filling up the fuel tank and happen at low engine speeds,” commented NHTSA on its website. “The failure rate is low.”
The probe was opened last summer after both Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (formerly known as Chrysler Group LLC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration were sent at least 700 complaints. Some of the owners said their minivans were stalling when turning and one Dodge Caravan driver even petitioned for the investigation last year – the NHTSA denied it saying it has limited resources and it needs to concentrate on priority safety issues. Recently, FCA US lost a $150 million trial in relation to one of its recalls, which concentrated on older Jeep models that could catch fire if struck from behind – signaling more legal woes and increased scrutiny over its safety campaigns and reported issues.