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Dodge recalls 200,000 Journeys in North America over block heater troubles

On a scale from nonissue to big problem, this one's on the less terrifying side.

2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus
A.J. Mueller

If you live in super-cold climates, opting for an engine block heater cuts down the time it takes to warm up and makes cold-weather starting much easier. If you bought a Dodge Journey equipped with one of these block heaters, you might be subject to a fresh recall.

Dodge issued a recall covering nearly 200,000 Journey crossovers equipped with optional block heaters. These vehicles span the 2009-2016 model years, and only 10,944 are located in the US. The remaining 187,436 Journeys are located in the Great White North, otherwise known as Canada.

The recall exists because an internal investigation discovered that, when exposed to extreme cold, lines carrying power steering fluid might leak during engine startup. If that happens, the power steering might be reduced or nonexistent. While a lack of power steering only requires additional effort, not everyone has forearms the size of tree trunks, and you don't want to be caught off guard by that kind of issue.

Dodge will replace some components to remedy the issue, but the parts are not yet available. As with all other recalls in the US, owners can expect to find notifications sent out by first-class mail.