UConnect Frozen with Blank Screen
Uconnect infotainment systems will often boot into a blank screen, freeze while the vehicle is in REVERSE, become unresponsive to the touch, or reboot at random times. The system has grown over the years, both in size and features, but the …Continue reading article "UConnect Frozen with Blank Screen"
Valve Stem Corrosion
Fiat-Chrysler made a mistake by using aluminum valve stems in some of their early tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), like the one found in the 2010 Town and Country. The aluminum stem and metal cap are highly susceptible to corrosion…Continue reading article "Valve Stem Corrosion"
Chrysler's Dangerous e-Shift Design
Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) made the switch from a traditional gear shifter to a monostable electronically controlled one and the result has been disastrous. The unintuitive design is responsible for hundreds of rollaway incidents and widely believ…Continue reading article "Chrysler's Dangerous e-Shift Design"
Entertainment options in minivans are really hot right now. They're just a little too hot in the 2014 Town and Country.
The National Highway Traffic Administration is investigating multiple reports of fires in the charge hubs used for entertainment systems and personal devices. The hubs are located in the trim panels between the 2nd and 3rd row seats.
The investigation will try to confirm the problem and, if neccessary, order a recall.keep reading article "Entertainment Charge Port Fires Being Investigated in 2014 Town and Country"
A second lawsuit has been filed concerning Uconnect defects in the 2017-2019 Chrysler 300 and Pacifica.
Much like the first, the plaintiffs claim the system is nothing but an endless series of reboots and headaches.
The plaintiffs say the Uconnect 8.4A system is still defective after multiple replacements. And that there's at least 17 technical bulletins about the 4th generation Uconnect system, but none of them seem to actually do anything productive.
The case, Pistorio, et al., v. FCA US LLC, was filed in Michigan.keep reading article "Lawsuit Says Chrysler's Uconnect Often Freezes and Loses All Functionality"
There's something seriously wrong with the 8.4A and 8.4AN Uconnect systems and a lawsuit wants Chrysler to do something about it.
Namely because the defects limit access to backup cameras, navigation systems, and climate control.
But also because having the system freeze and endlessly reboot is super annoying. Full stop.
The plaintiffs tell the familiar tale of bringing in their vehicle multiple times and having software updated and parts replaced. And yet, the problems still exist and dimish the resale value of their cars.
The case, Gerritsen, et al., v. FCA US, LLC, et al., was filed in California.keep reading article "Uconnect 8.4A System and Repair Process Is Woefully Defective, Says Lawsuit"
How's this for a review?
The government says Chrysler's electronic gear shifter "appears to violate several basic design guidelines for vehicle controls." They go on to say it isn't consistent or easy to use. Tell us how you really feel.
Despite all that, they have closed their investigation because Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) has agreed to recall more than a million vehicles and update their gear shifter's software.…keep reading article "Injuries Caused by Electronic Gear Shifter Are Starting to Add Up"
The occupant classification system (OCS) in some Chrysler 200's might not be able to, well ... classify occupants.
During a previous OCS recall, some Chrysler 200's had the passenger-side module replaced. Others had new seat foam above the module installed. Unfortunately, if you don't replace both at the same time then the whole system's calibration could be off.
That's bad news for you (but worse news for your passengers.)keep reading article "Occupant Classification System Doesn’t Work in a Tiny Number of Chrysler 200 Vehicles"
If it ain't broke, you can trust automakers to try and fix it.
That's exactly what's happening with some Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) vehicles. Someone high up in the FCA food chain decided it was time to swap out the dependable gear shifter for something a bit fancier.
e-Shift is a monostable electronic assembly that removes the grooves and tactile feedback of a traditional gear shifter, and replaces it with something much more confusing. The result? More and more Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep owners have no idea if their car is in drive, reverse, or park.
The new shifter has led to an increasing number of vehicles rolling away after the driver exited. How e-Xciting.…keep reading article "Investigation Expanded Into Faulty Electronic Gear Shifters"