Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling certain units of the 2015-2016 Jeep Renegade over an issue with the optional trailer hitch package that could cause the hitch assembly to fall off.
The defect: the optional trailer hitch assembly may have been attached with only a single fastener per side, not three per side as required.
The hazards: without the proper amount of fasteners, the trailer hitch assembly may separate from the vehicle, and any towed vehicle may no longer be properly connected, increasing the risk of a crash.
Affected vehicles: 2015-2016 Jeep Renegade vehicles manufactured August 25, 2014, to June 25, 2016, equipped with a factory-installed optional trailer hitch package
Number of vehicles affected: 8,561 (United States figure).
The fix: FCA will notify owners, and dealers will install two additional fasteners per side, free of charge.
Owners should: customers looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this Jeep recall should visit recalls.mopar.com. There, owners will be able to enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see any open recalls as well as customer satisfaction programs.
Owners can also contact Fiat Chrysler customer service with questions by using the following information.
- FCA Customer Care: 1-800-853-1403
- FCA Recall Number: S62
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153)
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V545000