The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has set up a series of punishments for Fiat Chrysler. The cumulative cost of these punishments on the company may amount to $105 million. The punishment will involve organization of several programs by Fiat Chrysler for owners of the vehicles affected, like the Ram, Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler. You will be affected by this recall if you are one of the owners of the 2009 Dodge Durago SUV, 2009, Chrysler Aspen SUV, Dodge Dakota pickup truck, the latest model of Ram, the older Grand Cherokee or the older Jeep Liberty.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the FCA the requirement to carry out the various programs and the most significant of these programs involves buying back up to tens of thousands of the SUVs and the trucks from the owners of the cars. The recall has to do with fuel system fault, steering and suspension faults. This new order will however not affect those end owners that have already repaired their own cars.
The first program involves giving the owners $100 incentives for the repair. The second program involves trade in bonus for majority of the vehicles the third part of the programs involves the earlier mentioned buyback program. This will affect some of the Dodge and Ram pickup trucks as well as the Dodge Durago SUV and the Chrysler Aspen.
More information regarding the programs was made available by FCA on August 31. The story had been updated already and it now reflects these new releases.
How can I know if my car is fixed for recall?
First thing to do is to lookout for your car’s vehicle identification number and you can find this at the lower driver’s corner of the windshield. Enter the number into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s VIN search tool. Your car will be eligible for recall if it has open recall under the following campaign numbers: 13v-527, 13v-529, 13v-252 or 13v-038. You should never hesitate to respond to the recall when you get it.
Which cars will get the $100 incentive to have the recalls fixed?
The incentive will be offered in form of visa prepaid card to anyone who does not have his/her recall completed as at July 24, 2015 for the cars listed below:
- 1993-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs: 1993 to 98 grand Cherokee got recalled for fuel system problems as at 2013. The problem could lead to fire outbreak in case of rear-end crashes. There is no former recall on the 1999-20104 Grand Cherokee. The $100 gift card offer will however be extended to the owners of that group of automobile.
- 2002 to 2007 jeep Liberty SUVs: They were recalled in 2103 for fuel system problems and this could lead to fire outbreak in the event of rear-end crashes.
- 2009 to 2012 Ram 1500 pickup trucks that were built from 27th February, 2009 to 30th June, 2009 an 1st December 2009 till 20th October 2011: They were all given recall in 2013 and the problem bothered around rear suspension problems.
- 2009 to 2011 Dodge Dakota pickups made from 27th February, 2007 till 30th June, 2009 and 1st December 2009 till 30th September 2011: They were discovered to have rear suspension problems and were therefore recalled in 2013.
- 2009 Dodge Durago SUVs made between 3rd January 2008 and 18th December 2008: Got recalled because of suspension problems.
- 2009 Chrysler Aspen SUV made between 3rd January 2008 and 18th December 2008: They were also recalled in 2013 because they had suspension problems.
- 2008 to 2012 Ram 4500 as well as 5500 heavy-duty trucks that were built between 20th February 2007 and December 2012: They were also recalled in 2013 for having steering system problems.
- 2008 to 2012 Ram 2500 as well as 3500 pickups having 4-wheel drive: They got recalled too in 2013 for steering related problems.
- 2008 till 2012 Ram 3500 chassis-cab pickups having rear-wheel drive: They got recalled in 2013 due to steering related problems.
- 2008 Dodge ram 1500 mega cab pickups having 4-wheel drive: They got recalled for steering related problems also in 2013.
- The month of building the automobile is usually written on the sticker placed just around the driver’s door jam.
Which car will get the trade-in bonus?
The Liberty is the only vehicle that has no claim to the trade-in bonus among all the vehicles highlighted above. The Ram pickup will get extra $2,000 over the market value and also $1000 over market value by the others, courtesy of the FCA. The extra bonus must however be used in buying another product form FCA, be it the whole car or accessories.
What about the existing cash and financing incentives?
Any incentive in existence will be added to the trade-in program. This will of course be added to the final price of the car.
Can the trade-in bonus be spent on the certified pre-owned car or a used car at the FCA dealership?
No. you can only get trade-in bonus if you buy new car at the FCA dealership.
Which of the cars are categorized under the buyback program?
Any car with $100 repair incentive can benefit from the buyback program. This however does not include the Grand Cherokee and the Liberty.
How much will the buyback program give for my car?
You will get the purchase price subtracted from the depreciation added to 10% addition from the FCA. This is in line with NHTSA’s laid down rule.
In the event I modify my vehicle, will the buyback program also refund the modification?
This can only be possible if the modification was on the car when you bought it new. You must also be able to prove this to FCA. In line with NHTSA regulations, modifications made to the car after retail sale will not be calculated as part of the purchase price.
When can I contact the dealer to make my car available for the trade-in or repurchase bonuses?
According to FCA, this can be done at the start of Oct. 1 2015. If the recall on your vehicle is not yet repaired, a third-party inspector will be arranged to carry out evaluation on the car and provide you with trade-in and repurchase offers. You can get your $100 gift card by choosing to get the recall repaired.