- stellantis is recalling 16,741 of its pacifica hybrid plug-in-hybrid minivans from the 2017 and 2018 model years over a risk of fire.
- in a safety recall report filed with the national highway traffic safety administration (nhtsa), the automaker says it does not know what the source of the problem is.
- owners are being told not to park near a home or in a garage, to keep them away from other vehicles, and not to charge the vehicles.
update 2/15/22, 3 p.m.: stellantis says it will begin notifying owners about this recall in letters to be sent later this month.
stellantis will recall 16,741 of its chrysler pacifica hybrid plug-in-hybrid minivans over a problem with potential fires. it's possible for a fire to happen even when the ignition is off, according to documents filed with the national highway traffic safety administration (nhtsa). the documents did not give details about where the fire might be located but did say stellantis repurchased two vehicles last fall to investigate fires and that the company is aware of 10 additional fires in the minivans. the recall only affects hybrid versions of the minivan.
the automaker said the "root cause is unknown" and the "remedy is under development." the safety recall report also says the issue can arise without any warning. however, there have been no reports of accidents or injuries, the report said.
owners will be notified starting later this month of arrangements for the recall, according to a stellantis spokesperson. in the meantime, nhtsa advises that owners should not charge the vehicles or park them in a garage, near a home, or near other vehicles. owners of potentially affected pacifica minivans can check the nhtsa recalls site for more details.