Just days after announcing a massive vehicle recall, Fiat Chrysler is pulling another half a million Jeeps and Rams.
Fiat Chrysler Automotive recalled over 550,000 SUVs and trucks because of faulty windshield wipers. It turns out the nut that attacked the blades to the vehicle could be faulty. The wiper nut part was changed in 2019, which is the likely source of the problem.
The wiper arms could either detach or fail to function correctly. At least one driver had their windshield wipers pop off during a storm. However, FCA has not reported any injuries or accidents related to this recall.
The automaker is encouraging any drivers whose windshield wipers won’t clear the windshield or return to the rest position to contact their local FCA dealer.
The following vehicles are covered in this recall:
- 2019-2020 Ram 1500 pickup trucks
- 2019-2020 1500 Classic pickup trucks
- 2019-2020 Jeep Compass SUVs
FCA has already announced a proposed fix for the issue, and it’s pretty straightforward. A service person at an authorized dealership will check the wiper nut to see if it is too loose. The nut just needs to be tightened to address the issue.
Customers can contact Fiat Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. As ever, you can also look up any active recalls on your vehicle by entering the VIN into the NHTSA database. Recalls on vehicles never expire, so even if you can’t get out to a dealership for repairs, don’t worry. You can wait until it’s safe and still receive the free repairs entitled to you.
Second Recall This Month for FCA
Last week, Fiat Chrysler Automotive issued a recall for 365,000 cars and trucks. A software glitch prevented the backup cameras from automatically turning off–an issue that violates federal safety regulations.
The recall affected a wide range of the automaker’s most popular vehicles. The recalled cars and trucks included:
- 2020 Jeep Gladiator
- 2020 Jeep Cherokee
- 2019-2020 Ram 1500
- 2019-2020 Ram 2500
- 2019-2020 Ram 3500
- 2019-2020 Chrysler Pacifica
- 2019-2020 Dodge Durango
- 2019-2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
- 2019-2020 Jeep Wrangler
- 2019-2020 Jeep Renegade
- 2019 Dodge Challenger
This recall is currently ongoing. Fiat Chrysler expects to send out notices soon and start repairs by May 22.
The 2019-2020 Ram 1500 is now part of two active recalls. That’s not a great look for Fiat Chrysler Automotive. Hopefully they can address both the windshield wiper and backup camera defects in a single service session. If you’ve ever had to schedule your car for a recall repair, then you know it can be a time-consuming and challenging process.