NHTSA urged to probe Chrysler vehicles with faulty power module

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 3, 2014

The Center for Auto Safety advocate group has petitioned the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to launch a probe into around 4.9 million Chrysler vehicles for issues may result engine stalls and other problems. The petition covers Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUVs, pickups and minivans from the 2007-3014 model years.

Should NHTSA launch an investigation, its result could lead to a recall of those vehicles. Chrysler recently announced that it was investigating customer complaints and analyzing parts from the field. The carmaker said that every of its vehicle meets or exceeds all applicable safety standards.

According to documents posted at NHTSA’s Web site, the advocate group wanted the regulator investigate failures of a part called the totally integrated power module, which it claimed resulted in engine stalls, failure in airbag deployment, unintended acceleration, fires, and activity of some equipment.

The totally integrated power module manages power for a number of systems in a vehicle and is designed to detect an electrical fault and activate equipment as windshield wipers and headlights. The Center for Auto Safety included in its NHTSA letter a list of 70 complaints it had received, according to the documents.

The NHTSA said its review would concentrate on the Totally Integrated Power Module 7. Of the 63 complaints regarding this part, 51 cited engine stalls or not starting and three reported smoke or fire. The Center for Auto Safety also provided a supplement to its letter, identifying 24 crashes from NHTSA's Early Warning Reporting database that could be related to the module’s failure.

Topics: chrysler, nhtsa

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