Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Is Urged To Recall The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Because Of Stalling Defects In San Diego
Over the past several months numerous Fiat Chrysler consumers have reported stalling issues with their 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Specifically, these vehicles have been reported to stall while traveling at speeds of up to 40 to 60 mph while on the highway, roads and while sitting at idle. As a result of the stalling, consumers have reported losing the ability to accelerate, decelerate or use power steering.
As far back as July 2016 more than 100 owners of 2017 Chrysler Pacificas had filed complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline alleging that “the vehicle stalls without warning.” Since then over 400 additional complaints have been filed regarding this very same issue. These reports detail everything from casually driving down city streets to being in the middle of an interstate.
Electronic Throttle Control
The problem seems to be with the vehicles’ Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) system which, according to Fiat Chrysler, is responsible for “the operation of the engine and transmission.” The company has issued a statement saying that it is aware of the issue and that they are “working on a remedy.” However, as of now there is no indication as to when a fix will be available. In light of this, consumer advocates are calling on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to recall all 2017 Chrysler Pacificas immediately.
In a letter addressed to FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) stated: “We believe that the number of consumer complaints and potential injuries is significant enough to warrant a recall. We request that you immediately order a recall and provide this and other NHTSA communications in the introduction to your company’s Early Warning Report.” Additionally, the group has asked FCA to offer owners of 2017 Pacifica minivans loaner vehicles while their vehicles undergo repairs.
The NCLC was not alone in its concerns for 2017 Chrysler Pacifica owners’ safety. In the same letter, the Center for Auto Safety wrote: “Given the reported incidents, an ETC malfunction could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing risk of injury or death,” adding that they “urge [FCA] to consider recalling these vehicles immediately.”
In mid-February, a coalition of 33 consumer and public interest groups (including the NCLC) wrote to FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne claiming that “the scope and severity of these stalling events suggest a serious safety defect.” Furthermore, they noted that 48 percent of Pacifica owners reported at least one stall while driving the vehicle.
The attorneys general for Scott Law Group P.C. were among those who also called on Fiat Chrysler to recall the 2017 Pacifica minivan as soon as possible.
Get in touch with Scott Law Group P.C. if you have experienced stalling while driving your 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Our attorneys are currently investigating these reports and would be happy to provide you with a free case evaluation.
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