Last Updated: October 2022
Urgent: Fire Risk When Parked
If you own a 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid, Chrysler is warning all owners not to charge their vehicles until a fix is available. Chrysler has advised owners of this vehicle that the fix will come in the form of a recall notice update. Chrysler is also recommending that these vehicles should not be parked indoors, near other structures, or other cars as the fire could easily spread to another vehicle. Before contacting the automobile manufacturer, you should speak to a lemon law attorney about your rights because a lemon law attorney can negotiate a better deal for you than you can obtain on your own.
In the last 2 years, there have been 12 Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid fires where the vehicle was parked and shut off but still caught fire. Many of these vehicles were in the process of charging when they caught fire. As a result of these fires, Chrysler has issued several recalls concerning this issue. Chrysler has issued 3 recall notices, warning owners not to charge the vehicle or park it inside. A fourth recall notice, issued in 2017, warns of a power inverter module failure that can prevent the vehicle from being able to move on its own. Even scarier, this could occur while the vehicle is being driven. Please contact The California Lemon Law Group to find out if you are entitled to a lemon law buyback.
2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids are equipped standard with a 3.6-Liter Pentastar V-6 Hybrid gasoline engine, and an elite Electrically controlled, continuously variable transmission (CVT). On the electrical side, the vehicle has a 16KWh 360 volt, lithium-ion battery which is located directly behind the driver’s seat. With battery assist, the total range of the Pacifica Hybrid is 570 total miles.
On October 18, 2018, Chrysler issued a recall notice with NHTSA Campaign ID: 18v740000 concerning the increased likelihood of crash or fire due to unburned fuel collecting in the catalyst. If you have a 2017-2018 Pacifica Hybrid, whether or not you received this recall notice, please contact the California Lemon Law Group to find out if you qualify for lemon law assistance.
On June 9, 2020, Chrysler issued a recall notice with the NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V334000 due to a faulty 12V connector post. This 12 V post is located directly behind the driver’s seat along with the drive batteries and may create high electrical resistance. As with the other recall notices concerning this vehicle, Chrysler is advising vehicle owners not to drive the vehicle and to park the vehicle away from any structures or other vehicles because this high electrical resistance condition could cause an unexpected fire. Vehicle owners are also cautioned not to store any liquids, or wet items such as umbrellas or bottled fluids in the vehicle because the moisture may create a fire. If you have not already done so, please bring your vehicle to your Chrysler dealership.
If you own a 2017-2018 Pacifica Hybrid, whether or not you received this recall notice, please contact The California Lemon Law Group to find out if you qualify for lemon law assistance.
On February 11, 2022, Chrysler issued a recall with NHTSA Campaign ID: 22V077000, again warning of a fire hazard when the vehicle is parked, even with the vehicle’s ignition in the off position. At the time of this writing there is still no fix. Chrysler is advising owners not to park their vehicle indoors, and to not charge the vehicle until further notice. If you own a 2017-2018 Pacifica Hybrid, whether or not you received this recall notice, please contact the California Lemon Law Group to find out if you qualify for lemon law assistance.
Recalls Not Related to the Hybrid System:
On April 19, 2019, Chrysler issued a recall with the NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V143, for many 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles concerning the right lower control arm and the likelihood that it may separate from the steering knuckle and cause a crash. If you received this recall notice, or believe that your car suffers from this defect, please contact The California Lemon law Group and speak to a lemon law attorney to find out your legal rights.
Other Common Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Problems:
If any of the above issues occur, please bring your vehicle to the dealership for repairs immediately. Ignoring, or putting off these repairs could do more serious damage to your car, and possibly hurt your potential lemon law case.
Repairs Taking 30 or More Days
These days, most dealerships are under-staffed, and parts are in short supply. For this reason, it is not unusual for your car to spend weeks or months at the dealership for a single repair. Most manufacturers, including Chrysler, are having trouble securing engines, transmissions, or any part that has a microprocessor chip embedded in it. Oftentimes the dealership will only replace one part at a time, leaving you with a series of related repair invoices, and a total of over 30 days down.
More repairs for the same issue greatly improve your lemon law case. If you have a vehicle with more than 3 repairs for the same issue, or repairs totaling over 30 days at the dealership, please contact the California Lemon law Group and speak to a lemon law attorney to find out your legal rights.
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