Should the Chrysler Pacifica minivan be recalled? The Center for Auto Safety seems to think so. The auto safety group recently petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue a recall for the 2017 Pacifica due to problems leading to stalling. Over 50 people have complained about the issue. According to Fiat Chrysler, there have been no known car crashes or injuries related to the issue.
Some of the company’s 2017 Pacifica hybrid vehicles were recalled earlier this year due to a stalling problem caused by diodes failing in the vehicles’ computers. However, the company is treating the gasoline-powered models differently.
The stalling problem has occurred at various speeds, according to those who have experienced the issue. The vehicles have stalled on municipal roads, in tunnels and even when idling.
Fortunately, airbags and seat belts have not failed as a result of the stalling, but the stalling itself presents a serious safety issue. When a vehicle stalls unexpectedly, accidents can occur. Additionally, other power systems like brakes and steering may fail during a stall, making it hard for those affected to safely get off the road.
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Automobile manufacturers have a duty of care to drivers and passengers to ensure that vehicles are safe. When that duty of care is breached and injury is the result, victims and their families can file lawsuits under the doctrine of products liability. If you have suffered injury as a result of defective vehicle parts, our law firm can assist you in seeking damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.