U.S. safety regulators posted a defective vehicle recall today for almost 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep SUVs and cars because of faulty alternators and mirror wiring in heated power mirrors that can short out and cause small fires.
This brings the total number of recalls this year alone up to 544 concerning more than 52 million vehicles—an all time record.
The affected vehicles are from model years 2011 to 2014 and include:
- Jeep Grand Cherokees
- Chrysler 300s
- Dodge Chargers
In these vehicles a failing alternator can cause the 3.6-liter V6 engine to stall. It can also cause failure in the electrical system, power-assisted steering, antilock brakes and electronic stability control. Chrysler will be notifying owners in November and replacing alternators with an upgraded version.
Jeep Wranglers from model years 2011 to 2013 are being recalled for defective mirrors. Heated power mirrors in these vehicles may not be watertight. If water finds its way into the wiring harness, it can cause corrosion, a short, and even a small fire. In December, dealers will begin installing protective shields on these vehicles to prevent water from entering the mirror mechanisms.
If you or your loved one has been injured because of a defective vehicle, please contact The Gilbert Law Group® today or call (303) 431-1111 to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced product defect attorneys. Based in the Denver area, we serve clients nationwide.