Fiat-Chrysler can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to its environmentally friendly products. FCA still awaits certification for its fix to over 100,000 Jeep and Ram vehicles equipped with its EcoDiesel V6 engine. Now, production of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has been halted.
The Wall Street Journal reports FCA has suspended production of the Pacifica Hybrid amid an ongoing safety recall involving the minivan. FCA has already issued a recall of the Pacifica Hybrid over loss of power while driving. The hybrid system reportedly suffers from defective inverter diodes that may cut power. 1,368 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada have been recalled for the issue.
Now, to ensure more faulty minivans don’t find their way to consumers, FCA has suspended production of the vehicle. The automaker reportedly stopped production weeks ago, but FCA has been quiet about it.
It’s a “black eye,” one dealer said. Bill Bernard, the general manager of an FCA dealership in Fredonia, New York, commented, “Chrysler does the job of launching new products.”