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Chrysler recalls Pacificas over steering-loss concerns

Chrysler Pacifica minivans may experience lower control arm separations

Published: March 14, 2019, 10:30 PM
Updated: March 25, 2019, 5:13 PM

Chrysler Pacifica

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling over 50,000 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to address a steering-system joint problem that could leave drivers without steering control over the vehicle.

The issue concerns a steering knuckle in the right front that could allow the right lower control arm to separate when certain conditions are met (if the bolt’s torque is not up to spec, and if there is an improperly positioned aperture), resulting in a loss of steering control.

Affected are 2018 Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid minivans, with 47,771 in the US and federalized territories, 2,239 in Canada, 226 in Mexico, and 551 outside North America.

Although FCA is unaware of any incidents related to the issue, it is asking owners to return the van to dealerships, where they will have the knuckles and arms inspected and replaced as necessary. Owners will start to be notified in the middle of April, when parts become available. Customers can call their local dealership or the FCA Recall Information Centre at (800) 853-1403 for more information.