Chrysler Pacifica hybrid recall, short circuit, engine stalls

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Stellantis is recall 76,000 plug-in hybrids Pacifica Models where there is a risk of stopping on the road because a possible short circuit will shut down the minivan engine. This latest FCA recall applies to 67,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Models in the US and another 9,000 of the minivans in foreign markets, respectively Automotive News.

The recall specifically affects the 2017-2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, and Stellantis says 0.2 percent of affected minivans have reported engine stalling issues related to the faulty electronics. The defect traces back to the internal wiring of the Pacifica Hybrid transmission, where a possibly faulty connector could cause a short and kill the engine while driving.

Neither Chrysler nor parent company Stellantis are currently aware of any accidents or injuries related to the recall. But the company has already logged six customer care filings, 59 testimonials, and 242 warranty claims that are likely related to the recall.

It is not yet clear when the recall will begin. However, once the timeline is set, the update will require dealers to update the Pacifica Hybrid’s power inverter software, and in some cases Chrysler will also update the instrument panel cluster software. The inverter helps regulate the flow of electricity between the plug-in hybrid’s powertrain and its battery pack.

This is just the latest in a series of potential defects affecting the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. A number of recent recalls have affected similar Pacifica Hybrid models, including those from 2017 through 2020. This last one affects even newer models, spanning the 2023 model year.

These earlier recalls came after Stellantis determined that the Pacifica Hybrid was at risk of catching fire while stationary. The possible defect that caused the fires was in the PHEV’s charging system, making it entirely unrelated to the risk of short circuits that caused Pacifica engines to shut down while driving.

But the number of potential defects plaguing the PHEV model of Chrysler’s popular minivan is worrying nonetheless. As always, owners of 2017-2023 Pacifica Hybrid models can track the status of the recall via the NHTSA websiteor through the agency SaferCar apartment

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