It's happened again. So far, 2016 seems to be the year of auto recalls. Ford, BMW, Toyota and others have all discovered issues with certain models that were a reason for concern. And now, it looks like another auto manufacturer is joining that list.
As cars become more high-tech, they also become increasingly vulnerable to system flaws. It's no longer just about the mechanical components, such as your engine and transmission - drivers now have to worry about the operating system. That's why a seemingly minor problem with your vehicle's wiring can actually cause major problems.
The latest recall is affecting around 323,000 vehicles in the United States alone as well as 7,000 vehicles in Mexico, 36,000 in Canada, and over 44,000 elsewhere.
Drivers of vehicles manufactured by Fiat Chrysler may be at risk. Late last week, the company announced that a wiring issue was affecting 2015 Chrysler 200s, Jeep Renegades, Rams, ProMaster City small vans and Jeep Cherokees. Some 2014 Jeep Cherokees (built prior to September 23), were also on the list of recalled vehicles.
The wiring issue was discovered in the harness and is believed to create a fault code that causes the vehicle's inability to move forward.
Once the problem was identified, Fiat Chrysler went to work on a solution and has updated the software that is causing the problem. However, getting the necessary software update means you'll need to take your vehicle to the dealer.
Fiat Chrysler's new software includes what's called "Auto Park," which has been incorporated as a measure to aid the driver.
As for when you can expect the updated software to be available, that's still up in the air. Although Fiat Chrysler is making this fix a top priority, the company has said that the new software may not be ready until later this year.
In the meantime, if you begin noticing issues with your vehicle, Fiat Chrysler states that the problem can be fixed temporarily by shutting off and restarting your engine. It's certainly not the perfect solution, so be sure to contact your dealer for more information.