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Stellantis Recalling 76K Hybrid Minivans

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Stellantis announced it’s recalling 76,000 plug-in hybrid minivans due to an electrical problem that could cause the vehicles to stall unexpectedly.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Limited driving
Stellantis is recalling 76,000 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans due to a stalling issue.

The action covers 2017 to 2023 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans, about 67,000 of those are in the U.S. with the remainder in other countries. According to the company, an internal transmission wiring connector may short circuit causing the engine to stall.

Stellantis said it was aware of six customer assistance records, 242 warranty claims and 59 field reports potentially related to this issue but was unaware of any accidents or injuries potentially related to the recall. An internal review of customer data discovered reports of stalling in 0.2% of this vehicle population.

The automaker will update the power inverter software and, if needed, update the instrument panel cluster software. An inverter helps control the flow of electricity to and from the battery pack.

Other issues

The recall follows a “Park Outside” recall of 2017-18 Pacifica plug-in hybrids. The recall was issued last February due to a fire risk, but the solution for the problem began to be implemented last October. Not only were owners instructed to park outside, but away from other vehicles and structures. Additionally they were told not to charge the minivans.

Chrysler dealers updated the high-voltage battery pack control module software. Dealers also inspected and, when necessary, replaced the battery pack assembly. The issue affected nearly 17,000 vehicles. There were no accidents or injuries resulting from the problem, according to NHTSA.

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