In a bid to increase the level of repair completion on the cars and trucks recalled for potential safety flaws, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has decided to give $100 prepaid debit cards to the owners.
FCA US, the local unit of the seventh largest automaker in the world has also announced it would give away $1,000 in special discounts or incentives to said owners of recalled vehicles if they also opt to trade the older vehicle in and purchase a new model. FCA has been slapped by the US auto safety regulators because of its inability to convince some owners of older models recalled for potential safety defects, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles from model years 1993 to 1998 and Jeep Liberty SUVs from model years 2002 to 2007 that are known to be in danger of catching fire if struck from behind. The company’s recall site and the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.recalls.mopar.com and www.safercar.gov) will offer the necessary product information on a vehicle’s eligibility for the bonuses.
FCA has agreed to a settlement with the US auto safety regulator NHTSA on its mishaps with numerous recall campaigns and need to make sure their recall completion rate goes up to avoid more actions form the authorities. The company added that recalled vehicles in the program include Dodge Ram pickup trucks from the 2008 to 2012 model years and if a vehicle is traded in the incentive for purchasing a new Ram pickup would go up to $2,000, while for the Jeep, Chrysler, Fiat or other Dodge models would be capped at $1,000.