Chrysler Motor Company has initiated a recall of the company´s Pacifica Hybrid minivan due to a defective electrical connection that has caused the vehicle to catch on fire. The recall affects more than 27,600 Pacifica Hybrid minivans. The auto manufacturer urges Pacifica Hybrid minivan owners not to drive the vehicle until the defect has been repaired. Also, Chrysler recommends to owners of the recalled Pacifica Hybrid minivan to park the vehicle outside instead of in a garage to prevent a house fire. Chrysler also recommends that owners of the recalled minivans park the recalled minivans away from other motor vehicles. Chrysler also warned owners of the recalled minivans to avoid moisture from getting on the floor in the second-row seating area.
What is the Cause of the Fire Hazard?
Chrysler Motor Company is currently investigating the cause of the spontaneous fires. However, a spokesperson stated that the cause for the spontaneous fires could likely come from a corroded electrical connection in the minivan-s 12-volt battery system. The recalled minivan´s 12-volt battery system powers the auto´s auxiliary features such as the garage door opener and sound system. Chrysler states the defect only affects the hybrid models of their Pacifica Hybrid minivan line.
Pacifica Hybrid minivan is being recalled in both the United States and Canada. There have been approximately ten fires that have been reported. One personal injury caused by a recall-related fire is on record. The report states that two of the fires occurred when the minivan was in motion. The news report suggests that a fire is as likely or more like to happen while the minivan is parked.
Chrysler is asking owners of the recalled Pacifica Hybrid to take their minivan to the nearest Chrysler dealership. The authorized service technicians will examine the battery connectors and ensure that there is no corrosion on the connectors. If corrosion has been discovered, the dealership will hold the minivan until a repair becomes available, and the dealership will provide a loan car to the recalled minivan´s owner without cost.
This recall is the second recall initiated for the hybrid Pacifica minivan with the same model year. The previous recall was for another problem that also caused fires but from the fuel system. The models impacted were from the manufacturing years of 2017 through 2020 models.
Why This Hybrid Pacifica Minivan Recall is a Real Danger to Owners?
Recalls involving fires are particularly dangerous because fires can occur quickly and result in severe personal injuries. If passengers are inside a moving vehicle and that motor vehicle catches fire, they could become trapped, resulting in second and third-degree burns. Also, a vehicle that is on fire will fill up with smoke making it difficult for the driver to see resulting in an accident. In the event of a motor vehicle fire, there is always a chance of that motor vehicle exploding. In a motor vehicle explosion, the passengers could sustain serious injuries or death caused by flying shrapnel.
Any recall involving defects that lead to fires should be taken very seriously. It is essential to park the recalled minivan away from your home or garage to prevent a house fire. A house fire could result in property losses, severe burn injuries, or fatalities.
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan owners can go online at recalls.mopar.com to determine if their model was included in the recall, or owners of the recalled minivan may call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
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