Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced a recall of 12,779 Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram vehicles from the 2017 through 2019 model years. A faulty powertrain controller may keep the vehicles from starting, stall immediately after starting, or stall while driving. The defect is more likely to keep a car from starting than it is to lead to a stall, according to FCA.

Although it has received reports of vehicles that have stalled while driving, FCA says it is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this problem.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: Certain Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram vehicles manufactured between Nov. 28, 2017, and May 28, 2018, including:

• 2018 Chrysler 300 sedans
• 2018-2019 Chrysler Pacifica minivans
• 2018 Dodge Challenger coupes
• 2018 Dodge Charger sedans
• 2018 Dodge Durango SUVs
• 2017-2018 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans
• 2018 Dodge Journey SUVs
• 2018 Fiat 500x SUVs
• 2018-2019 Jeep Cherokee SUVs
• 2018 Jeep Compass SUVs
• 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs
• 2018 Jeep Renegade SUVs
• 2017-2018 Jeep Wrangler SUVs
• 2018 Ram 1500 pickup trucks
• 2018 Ram Promaster vans

The problem: A voltage regulator chip on the circuit board may fail, keeping the vehicle from starting or leading to a stall after starting, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The fix: Dealers will replace the powertrain control module on affected vehicles, free of charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: The recall is expected to begin Sept. 28. Owners can call FCA at 800-853-1403 or contact their local dealer. 

an orange jeep wrangler, one of the vehicles that Jeep may recall

NHTSA campaign number: 18V524. Chrysler's own number for this recall is U87.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: Plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. It will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

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