Chrysler Recalls Half a Million Ram, Dodge and Jeep Vehicles in US

Oct 30, 2014 04:00 PM EDT | Tim Healey

The flood of automaker recalls continues. Chrysler made another announcement Wednesday affecting hundreds of thousands of pickups worldwide that are at risk of overheating.

The recall includes some heavy-duty Ram trucks, while the rest are Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee models.

Chrysler is calling for repairs on 381,876 2010-'14 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks as well as 4500 and 5500 chassis cab models that are equipped with the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine. Of the recalled vehicles, 314,704 are estimated to be in the U.S.

The pickups have potentially faulty terminal connectors that could experience corrosion due to friction, which in turn could lead to overheating and leaking fuel.

No fires have been reported as of yet, and the automaker is not aware of any related injuries, accidents or deaths, but Chrysler ordered the recall anyway after looking into some cases of overheating.

The second recall involves 184,186 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs with about 132,000 believed to be in the U.S. In this case, a problematic debris cover intended to protect a circuit board can lead to a failed stability-control system.

Chrysler says that this recall hasn't led to any accidents or deaths, either, but it's performing the recall just the same. The fix is a simple software update.

Another day, another half a million vehicles recalled. The good news is that these issues haven't yet been connected to any accidents. But considering that the Takata air bag recall continues to make news and that GM's ignition-switch problems from earlier this year haven't gone away, 2014 has definitely been the year of the recall. Halloween looms, and still the recalls don't stop

Maybe this year's scariest costume in Detroit will be a Congressional costume, meant to represent the lawmakers who have been grilling auto companies on Capitol Hill over recalls? OK, maybe not, but if you own one of these Ram, Dodge or Jeep products, get ye to the dealer.

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