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Chrysler Recalling Fiat 500e for Potential Power Loss

May 09, 2014

Photo of 2014 Fiat 500e courtesy of Chrysler Group.
Photo of 2014 Fiat 500e courtesy of Chrysler Group.

Chrysler Group is recalling 4,141 2013-14 model-year Fiat 500e electric vehicles in the U.S., so dealers can fix a coolant leak problem that might lead to an electrical short-circuit and resulting power loss, the automaker said.

The recall covers cars manufactured from Sept. 24, 2012 to April 4, 2014.

Dealers will replace the power inverter module (PIM) in the cars to prevent future coolant seepage. A PIM alters electric current to accommodate battery-powered propulsion.

Chrysler first discovered the problem during a routine warranty data review. A subsequent investigation by engineers revealed the PIM defect. Over time, coolant was seeping onto electrical components, causing a short-circuit that led to power loss. 

The automaker said it is aware of five such incidents. There are no known injuries or crashes linked to the problem, however. Chrysler has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the recall plans.

Vehicle owners can reach Chrysler at 1-888-242-6342.

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