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Η Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, ανακαλεί 703.000 Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country και Dodge Journey για ένα πρόβλημα που μοιάζει πολύ με αυτό που ανάγκασε την General Motors να ανακαλέσει πάνω από 2.5 εκατομμύρια οχήματα.

Η μίζα στα προαναφερθέντα μοντέλα της FCA μπορεί να γυρίσει χωρίς να το θέλει ο οδηγός με αποτέλεσμα την απώλεια ισχύος, σβήσιμο της μηχανής ή/και απενεργοποίηση των αερόσακων. Αυτή, δεν είναι η πρώτη φορά που ανακαλούνται τα συγκεκριμένα μοντέλα για το συγκεκριμένο πρόβλημα. Έχουν ανακληθεί το 2011 και το 2014, με την FCA να τοποθετεί ένα κομμάτι πλαστικό που δεν επιτρέπει το ακούσιο γύρισμα της μίζας. Όμως η NHTSA, σε μία έρευνα που ξεκίνησε πέρυσι, έκρινε ότι η λύση της εταιρίας δεν δούλευε όπως έπρεπε, κάτι που οδήγησε στην πιο πρόσφατη ανάκληση. Να τονίσουμε πως σχετικά με το ελάττωμα, έχει αναφερθεί μόλις 1 ατύχημα και αυτό –ευτυχώς- δεν είχε ούτε τραυματίες.

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Παράλληλα, η Hyundai ανακοίνωσε την δική της ανάκληση που περιλαμβάνει περίπου 24.400 Genesis του 2015. Σε αυτή την περίπτωση, όταν στα πίσω φωτιστικά σώματα μπαίνει νερό, προβάλλεται η λάθος ταχύτητα στο ταμπλό ή παρουσιάζεται μία καθυστέρηση κατά την μετάβαση από τη θέση “Park” στην όπισθεν ή την “Drive”. Αν μη τι άλλου, ενδιαφέρον πρόβλημα αν και πέραν της πλάκας, αυξάνει την πιθανότητα πρόκλησης ατυχήματος.

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RECALL Subject : Ignition Switch may Turn Off , 1 INVESTIGATION(S)

Report Receipt Date: JUN 26, 2014 NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V373000 Component(s): AIR BAGS , ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Potential Number of Units Affected: 702,578 All Products Associated with this Recall Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s) CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY 2008-2010 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN 2008-2010 DODGE JOURNEY 2009-2010 Details

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY: This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured June 29, 2007, to June 17, 2010, and 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country vehicles manufactured January 26, 2007, to June 17, 2010. Road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine.

CONSEQUENCE: If the ignition key inadvertently moves into the OFF or ACCESSORY position, the engine will turn off, which will then depower various key safety systems including but not limited to air bags, power steering, and power braking. Loss of functionality of these systems may increase the risk of crash and/or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

REMEDY: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch and key FOBs, free of charge. Chrysler sent out an interim notification to owners on September 11, 2014. A second notice is expected to be mailed in April 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is R03. Note: This is an expansion of recall 11V-139.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

INVESTIGATION Subject : Air Bag Non-Deployment/Engine Stall , 1 RECALL(S)

Date Investigation Opened: JUN 16, 2014 Date Investigation Closed: MAR 02, 2015 NHTSA Action Number: RQ14002 Component(s): AIR BAGS , ELECTRICAL SYSTEM All Products Associated with this Investigation Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s) CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY 2008-2010 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN 2008-2010 DODGE JOURNEY2008-2010 DODGEJOURNEY AWD 2009-2010 Details

Manufacturer: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

SUMMARY: In March 2011 Chrysler submitted a defect information report for NHTSA Recall No. 11V139 declaring a defect condition that could cause the ignition key to inadvertently move from the RUN to the ACC position on model year (MY) 2010 Dodge Journey, Grand Caravan, and Chrysler Town and Country. The report identified engine stalling as the defect consequence and cited customer complaints and warranty claims, as well as two rear-end collisions, as leading to the recall action. Chrysler determined that a defective WIN module, which is effectively the equivalent of the ignition switch, was the cause of the inadvertent key rotation, and that a new design WIN module would be installed as a remedy. In Spring 2014 ODI conducted outreach to major light vehicle manufacturers regarding ignition key position and its effect on air bag system availability. The outreach was conducted in connection with NHTSA Recall No. 14V047, a recent recall involving inadvertent ignition key rotation and subsequent air bag disablement in certain GM products. During discussions held in April 2014, Chrysler advised ODI that Chrysler air bag systems of this vintage, including the subject vehicles, revert to energy reserve when the ignition key moves to the ACC or OFF position, and that under energy reserve the air bags would only be available for a short period, approximately two tenths of a second (ODI notes this consequence was not identified in the 11V139 recall report). A review of the ODI consumer database conducted after the April 2014 discussions identified complaints alleging that MY 2008-2009 vehicles may have a similar defect as the MY 2010 vehicles, and that some MY 2010 consumers reported experiencing ignition key position concerns after the 11V139 recall remedy was applied. Accordingly this investigation was opened. In response to ODI?s information request letter, Chrysler reported that MY 2008-2009 subject vehicles used the same design WIN module as the recalled vehicles, and also identified 66 consumer reports and one non-injury crash incident potentially related to inadvertent ignition key rotation. Chrysler?s review of the MY 2010 remedy used in 11V139, which involved installation of a “Trim Ring” as opposed to replacement of the WIN module, showed the remedy did not adequately address ignition key position concerns, and in some use-cases could cause other systems to operate improperly (radio, instrument panel lighting, HVAC fan motor, etc.). Chrysler subsequently filed multiple defect information reports to 1) add the MY 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country, and the MY 2009 Dodge Journey to the original recall scope, and 2) stating that the complete WIN module would be replaced with a new design component in all recalled vehicles (including those that had the Trim Ring installed during 11V139). Chrysler?s report also advises of constrained remedy parts availability, see NHTSA Recall No. 14V373 for further details. Accordingly, the investigation is closed based on the recall action Chrysler is undertaking.

The ODI reports cited above can be reviewed online at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchNHTSAID under the following identification numbers: 10584873, 10583399, 10573295, 10566365, 10546805, 10513060, 10509284, 10503121, 10496599, 10475027, 10456099, 10450629, 10443680, 10422766, 10410447, 10409269, 10402947, 10402751, 10402660, 10396943, 10394957, 10356632, 10315972