US: safety advocates ask for probe of 7 million Chryslers image

The Center for Auto Safety, a well-known auto safety advocacy group, has asked the NHTSA to start an investigation into millions of Chrysler vehicles that allegedly have power system failures.

The probe was petitioned to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because the models that could have the issue can stall while on the move in traffic situations. According to the center, an electrical power control module used by the US automaker since 2007 can fail, triggering a power cutoff to all devices powered by electricity as well as cause the vehicle’s stall. The models affected are Ram pickups, Chrysler and Dodge minivans, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango and Dodge Journey SUVs, the Jeep Wrangler and several other models. The specific part has been phased out of Chrysler vehicles since 2012 but it remains included with certain 2014 models.

The CAR said it received at least 70 complaints from owners and Chrysler has responded in a statement saying the company has ordered its own internal investigation of the issue. The petition covers Chrysler’s Totally Integrated Power Module, which is used to relay the electrical power across the entire vehicle. The group said that besides causing the engine stall, the defect could also stop airbags from inflating in case there’s an accident or keep the fuel pump running, increasing fire risks.