Chrysler Group will replace the power inverter module in an estimated 4,141 Fiat 500e electric cars to prevent coolant seepage that may cause power loss while driving.
A PIM alters electric current to accommodate battery-powered propulsion. A routine warranty data review prompted an investigation, during which Chrysler engineers discovered a PIM defect that may, over time, seep coolant onto electrical components, causing a short-circuit leading to power loss.
Chrysler Group is aware of five such incidents, but no related fires, injuries or accidents.
Chrysler Group is replacing PIMs in model-year 2013-14 Fiat 500e vehicles assembled between Sept. 24, 2012 and April 4, 2014. Affected customers, all of whom are in the U.S., will be contacted directly and advised when they may schedule service. Associated costs will be borne by the Company.
This is the second recall for the Fiat 500e.
In August 2013, Chrysler recalled 491 Fiat 500e to replace bolts that secure the vehicles’ half shafts. The issue was unrelated to the 500e’s powertrain. Half shafts transfer torque from a vehicle’s gearbox to its wheels. The company opened an investigation after a customer’s vehicle exhibited power loss. There were no injuries or crashes in the earlier recall.