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Chrysler recalls more than 162,000 minivans

Pacifica minivans may have software glitch that causes engine to stall

Published: January 12, 2018, 5:30 PM
Updated: April 30, 2018, 7:15 PM

Chrysler Pacifica

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling over 162,000 minivans to update software that could lead the engine to shut down under random circumstances.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica engine

The issue affects 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans (but not the Hybrid model), whereby the engine control module may incorrectly assess the engine’s operating status, causing it to stall.

Although it has to match a rare set of circumstances, the computer assessment could happen at start-up, while idling, driving at low, steady speeds, or while turning.

About the only consistent trait is that the problem seems to happen once, apparently arising over thousands of km of driving.

Chrysler Pacifica

And when it happened, drivers were able to immediately start their minivans up right away.

FCA is aware of one incident potentially related to the issue, with no injuries.

The recall affects 162,535 minivans, with the bulk of them in the US (153,859). Canada will be calling back 7,457 vehicles, with another 974 in Mexico and 245 outside North America.

Chrysler Pacifica

Owners will be asked to return their vehicles to FCA dealers for engine control software updates, and will be contacted when those are available. More information is available from FCA customer care at 800-853-1403