Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling some 350,000 crossover utility vehicles to fix an engine cover that could cause an engine fire.
The recall affects Dodge Journeys and Fiat Freemonts (a rebadged Journey marketed in some European markets, as well as Australia, China, South Korea and South America) from 2011-2015 model years. In fact, three incidents in Chile involving a Freemont were what brought the problem to light. There was one reported injury and all cases involved vehicles driven extensively on unpaved or uneven surfaces.
The problem revolves around the 2.4-litre four cylinder engine’s cover, which could become dislodged and could catch fire if it comes in contact with exhaust components. Early warnings that the engine cover could be loose include noise from the engine compartment, a warning light in the instrument panel and a burning odour from under the hood.
Dealers will fit vehicles’ engine covers with upgraded retainers to better secure the cover.
Of the vehicles affected, 43,679 are in Canada, 144,416 in the U.S., 46,231 in Mexico and 115,405 outside of the NAFTA region. FCA estimates that some 35,000 vehicles are still in dealerships.
Letters of notification will go out in August 2015, requesting that owners attend the nearest dealership for inspection and refitting of fasteners. Customers can also call the FCA US Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403 with questions or concerns.