Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling some 200,000 Dodge Journeys, the vast majority of which are in Canada, to address a potential problem with the power steering.
The recall is aimed at 2009-2016 model year vehicles in cold-weather areas, with 187,436 of the midsize crossovers sold in Canada and 10,944 in the U.S. The vehicles targeted are fitted with optional engine block heaters and have a flaw with the power steering fluid line that could rupture in extreme cold weather.
If that were to happen, steering fluid would leak out and the vehicle would lose lack of steering assist and therefore become harder to steer (though not impossible), which would mean more physical effort from the driver would be required at lower speeds to change direction. Which under certain circumstances might result in a crash, though FCA is not aware of any such incidents and no injuries.
Owners will be notified as replacement parts become available, though they can also check on the status of their vehicles by calling the FCA US Customer Care Center at (800) 853-1403.