US opens 3 probes of security issues in Stellantis vehicles

DETROIT –

US safety regulators have opened three investigations into safety issues involving approximately 1.65 million vehicles manufactured by Stellantis.

The largest probe covers 1.34 million small Jeep Cherokee SUVs from model years 2014 to 2020. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 80 complaints that electronic parking brakes can activate while SUVs are move.

The agency says the complaints allege water can enter the computer that controls the brakes.

Another investigation covers 289,000 Dodge Journey and Jeep Compass and Patriot small SUVs from 2016 due to 127 complaints about engine stalling due to crankshaft or camshaft sensor issues. The agency says Fiat Chrysler issued a recall in 2016 for a similar issue. He is looking to see if the problem occurs with vehicles not included in the recall.

The agency also says it has 40 complaints about a transmission problem causing Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivans to lose power. The probe covers 21,000 pickup trucks from model years 2019 to 2021.

Investigations could lead to recalls, but so far the agency has not requested any.

In all three cases, no accidents or injuries were reported.

Stellantis, resulting from the merger of Fiat Chrysler and the French PSA Peugeot, says it is cooperating with the investigations.

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