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Fiat Chrysler recalls 410,000 vehicles for loss of power

This recall extends to vehicles badged as Jeep, Ram and Chrysler.

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2015 Jeep Renegade

Something as simple as a wire crimp can come back to bite a vehicle in a big way.

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Modern cars are increasingly complicated, loaded with enough wiring to send engineering students into a tizzy. Something as simple as an improperly crimped wire can cause a whole host of issues, which is why Fiat Chrysler is recalling 410,000 vehicles across three different brands.

The problem lies with a single part of the vehicles' wiring harness. An insufficient crimp might lead to a solenoid fault code, which could cause the engine to stall. A stalled engine could present a safety hazard if the vehicle is in motion when this problem occurs. No accidents or injuries are linked to this.

The recall affects the 2015 Jeep Renegade, 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee, 2015 Ram ProMaster City and 2015 Chrysler 200. Of the 410,000 vehicles being recalled, about 323,000 of them are located in the US -- others are in Canada, Mexico and markets outside North America.

Fiat Chrysler will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the wiring harness, along with updating relevant software. This recall only affects vehicles with build dates prior to 23 September 2016. The automaker believes the issue to be rare, but has put out a recall out of an abundance of caution. It was discovered while looking into warranty claims.

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