FCA recalls 83,000 Dodge Journeys over headlight problem

FCA recalls 83,000 Dodge Journeys over headlight problem

Through Dave LaChance

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recalled 83,453 2017-18 model year Dodge Journey vehicles with amber side reflectors that do not meet federal standards, as well as 16,604 headlamp assemblies sold as replacement parts.

In its filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the OEM says a solution is in development. FCA has informed its dealers that the recall is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2022.

When asked what steps collision repairers should take if an affected Journey arrives at their store with a broken headlight, Stellantis told Repairer Driven News: “Completion of the recall is the responsibility of certified dealers. And recall remedies are provided free of charge.”

“We are not aware of any injuries, accidents, warranty claims or customer complaints related to this campaign. However, we urge affected customers to follow the instructions on their recalls. All such correspondence lists multiple options for tailoring recalls,” said Stellantis.

FCA is recalling the vehicles because the right and left headlight units may not reflect bright enough to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 108. The part numbers for the right unit are 05116288AC and 68200084AB, and for the left unit, 05116289AC and 68200085AB.

For the same reason, FCA has also recalled certain Mopar headlights that were sold as replacement parts. These have part numbers 05116288AC, 05116289AC, 68200084AB and 68200085AB.

“We ask that you take the time to ensure that your personnel are aware of these communications and are willing to conduct a customer-friendly process for inquiries about affected vehicles,” the FCA said in a message to dealers on the NHTSA website. .

The issue arose during a routine audit conducted by Transport Canada, which controls road, rail, sea and air transportation in that country. “Transport Canada conducts routine audits of vehicles manufactured for the Canadian market to ensure vehicles meet all Canadian motor vehicle safety standards,” the agency told Repairer Driven News. “During a routine audit inspection of the headlights on select Dodge Journey models, Transport Canada identified a non-compliance with the front reflector photometric requirements of Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 108.”

Transport Canada notified FCA and conducted an investigation into the affected vehicle’s headlamps. FCA discovered that a non-compliant amber side index reflector was introduced into automotive production on August 2, 2017 at the Toluca assembly plant in Mexico. On July 6, 2018, the non-compliant reflectors were no longer in use.

On August 7, 2019, Transport Canada informed FCA that a recall was required. This recall is included in Transport Canada’s motor vehicle recall database under recall number 2019-388.

The OEM agreed to “notify owners by mail and direct them to take their vehicle to a dealer to replace the headlight assemblies.”

On April 5, 2019, FCA filed a petition for “inconsistent treatment” with the NHTSA. This was denied on September 12, 2022.


Featured Image: A 2018 Dodge Journey Crossroad (Provided by Fiat Chrysler Americas)

The changes to this last rule will clarify that a manufacturer of replacement equipment who reports a defect or non-conformity under this Regulation may inform the purchaser of the replacement equipment of the manufacturer’s intention to correct the defect or non-compliance. by refunding the purchase price of the replacement equipment. NHTSA is amending this regulation to be consistent with the amendments to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Safety Act) remedies for defects and non-compliance that are included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

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