Just recently, Fiat Chrysler has issued a recall notice for certain models of their AWD cars. The affected cars include the Dodge Charger and the AWD Chrysler 300 from 2014 to 2017. The recall affects over 69,000 vehicles.
A notice at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has revealed that there’s a high chance that the propshaft bolts in the affected cars can become loose. This in turn will result in the disconnection of the driveshaft, which is the part of the car that sends power to the wheels. When this happens, the power train and the vehicle underbody will get damaged, thereby increasing the possibility of a car crash.
Dealers will notify car owners about the recall, and they’ll need to take their vehicles to have all 8 front driveshaft bolts in each car replaced. The repairs are free of charge.
The Recalls On Cars Continue
Due to stricter safety standards, more and more vehicles are being recalled. Certain parts for cars may need repairs and even the software in the cars may have some bugs that need to be fixed.
With so many recalls, there’s an ongoing trend of “recall fatigue”. Many owners have become rather tired of hearing about unsafe cars and feel that such fears have been exaggerated. This is why experts estimate that 63 million cars are currently on the road today that have yet to undergo fixes for their problems. That figure is 34% greater than the number of unfixed recalled cars for last year.
It is true that in some cases, the problems are actually minimal and some even think that they’re unlikely to cause a problem. It’s this attitude that is fueling “recall fatigue” among many car owners.
What Should You Do if your car Chrysler is recalled?
Don’t wait for a dealer to contact you about a potential problem in your car. You have to be proactive, and check the news regularly. In fact, your best bet is to visit safercar.gov so that you can find out if there’s a recall notice for your car make and model. All you need to do is to enter your VIN. It doesn’t matter if you think that the problem isn’t serious. You have to go and check, because the safety of the people in your car is at stake. Defective cars also endanger other people on the road.
If you or a loved one got hurt due to a car crash that may have been caused by a deffective automobile, you need to find out if you can get compensation to help pay for your resulting medical bills, lost wages and your pain and emotional distress. An experienced auto defect attorney can closely evaluate your situation and see if you have a case for a civil lawsuit.
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