Recall roundup: Fiat 500 EV image

Fiat has issued a recall for the 500e hatchbacks because of a problem with the software.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Fiat 500e is the subject of a recall and owners of these cars will have to take them back to the dealers in order to get the software issue solved. The NHTSA says that there are a total of 5, 600 units of the car affected by this recall.

“If the vehicle goes in to limp home mode, incompatible software between Electric Vehicle Control Unit (EVCU) and Battery Pack Control Module (BPCM) may cause the electric propulsion system to fully shut down. An electric propulsion system shut down will cause a stall-like condition, increasing the risk of a crash”, says the NHTSA in its recall summary of the problem.

The affected Fiat 500 EV cars are from the 2013 to 2015 model years and they have been produced between the 27th of March, 2012, and the 1st of November, 2014. Owners of these models will be notified by Chrysler and the company’s dealers will have to take a trip back to the dealers in order to get the vehicle software updated to ensure the compatibility between components. The action will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on the 1th of March. For any extra details on the topic, owners of the Fiat 500 EV can contact the Chrysler Customer Service at 1 800 853 1403 or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1 888 327 4236.

  • JayV

    I hope this fixes it–but it’s easy to be skeptical if you’ve been through the “we’ll just reboot the software” routine numerous times! This car was a total unsafe fail for me. Lost power twice backing out of the garage, twice on the highway. If a new gasoline vehicle by Chevrolet or Ford had the similar issues, the national media would be all over this. But, being a “green” car, this gets a pass. If you ever lose e-power at highway speeds you’ll realize it’s worse than your typical loss of power/fuel scenario for petrol powered cars.