The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened new investigations concerning the Chrysler 200 and Ford Explorer. All of the vehicles in question are from the 2011 model year, with 87,000 200s and 83,000 Explorers being investigated.

NHTSA's Chrysler investigation concerns possible stalling problems, with the organization stating that it has received 15 complaints of the 200's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 stalling. "All 15 incidents reported stalling without warning during low-speed decelerations such as braking for a stop sign or traffic light," NHTSA's official release states. This investigation does involve both the sedan and convertible models.

2011 Ford ExplorerMoving to the Explorer, NHTSA is investigating reports of power steering failure with the electric power-assisted system. In some instances, owners have complained that the system completely stops working, while other drivers simply noted greater effort being needed to turn the wheel. NHTSA writes:

"Some of the complaints indicated observing a power steering warning message when the failure occurred. In some cases, the condition was corrected by turning the vehicle off and restarting. However, some reports indicate the condition returned after restart."

No accidents have been linked to either the Ford or Chrysler issues.

Keep in mind, these investigations are not recalls – merely a way for NHTSA to probe a certain model and determine if an official recall is actually necessary. Click here and here to read both of the NHTSA investigation reports.


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      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      That sucks for both. Nothing is perfect tho, just hope they figure it out quick.
      mchlrus1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw a car burn the other day at the YMCA. It was a 2004 Chevy Malibu and it was caused by the seat warmers. Me thinks we have the debacle of Chevy from all of these fire issues.
        mchlrus1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mchlrus1
        I don't know why someone down-voted me. It's because I said "me thinks" and they think they're being smart by pointing that out. I know I wrote that.
        mchlrus1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mchlrus1
        freaks
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well that sucks! I'm sure they'll fix them fast! Toyota just recalled 1,400,000 cars, trucks and vans just this May and June 2012 for fire risks! I hope these don't turn into recalls too!
        Becky Sue
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        No Toyota didn't moron. It's an investigation. The same investigation for fires in Chevy trail blazer. God please get your head out of the sand. Now, GM is recalling nearly 500,000 vehicles for a fire risk. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/ap/ap/automotive/gm-to-recall-cruze-cars-over-risk-of-engine-fire/nPcYj/ https://wot.motortrend.com/nhtsa-expands-chevy-trailblazer-and-toyota-window-switch-fire-investigations-219485.html
          Walt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Becky Sue
          As is typical, when the Toyotaphiles aren't able to engage in rational discussion, they turn to personal attacks and lose all credibility. I would never blame an outside supplier for a manufacturers problems. Each manufacture has an obligation to check the quality of the parts it receives. Again, once they are fasten to the vehicle, they become that manufactures part. End of story.
          Randy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Becky Sue
          That's right! An investigation of 1.4 Million vehicles http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/toyota-fire-probe-expanded-1-4-million-vehicles-article-1.1098631?localLinksEnabled=false
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Becky Sue
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      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical Ford POS. Glad to see they haven't changed at all...same irrelevant company with the same irrelevant, mediocre products.
        Oscar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Glad to see they haven't changed at all...same irrelevant moron with the same irrelevant, mediocre comments.
        ME
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Ok... so whose fanboy bandwagon are you riding on? I'm curious as to your thoughts on which company is more relevant and/or less mediocre.
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ME
          Here's a real mind-bender for you.........I don't shill for anyone. I like vehicles from ALL manufactures...even Ford. Granted, the Fortd vehicles I like were when Ford built vehicles that had a tad more appeal than a block of moldy cheese. I currently own three vehicles. One is a GM, one is a Toyota, and one is powered by Ford. If I had to replace either of the first two, my first stop would be a Chrysler dealer.. Again, I am not brand loyal. And that benefit allows me to see Ford for what they really are. Being brand loyal makes you blind to the truth....which leads to bitterness (see any of the comments by Merlot066 or Oscar)
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Ohsi Alexander
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just yesterday, I happened to see a new Chrysler 300 stall at a light red light. Engine shut off completely so reading this article makes me think this is a real problem
        dohc73
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ohsi Alexander
        I had to return a 2012 Dodge Avenger SE with a V6 to Avis rental at LAX after one day. It wouldn't start after sitting all night and when it finally did, the engine light wouldn't go off. Had to drive north and wasn't taking any chances so I returned it. Avis gave me a Mustang instead. The Pentastar V6 was eh. Not the best sounding or best feeling V6 out there. Sort of 10-years ago feeling to it.
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      Soyntgo4it
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now I wonder if the 300 will experience the same problem with stalling since they use the same engine??
        Trekologist
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soyntgo4it
        I would think it's more likely the transmission. I had a Stratus that would stall if you got decently hard on the brakes and back on the gas right away. The engine had no problem coping with it, but if the transmission decided it wanted to try and downshift somewhere during this process, the car would stall. Since the current 6 speed in the 200 is a derivative of the same transmission that was in that crappy Stratus...
          BG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Trekologist
          Sounds like what happens when you buy a stupid automatic transmission!
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank goodness for lemon laws. Now, just make sure you don't get a former lemon law car without an ironclad extended warranty and a low low price.
      only1bemp
      • 2 Years Ago
      No manufacturer is immune to recalls lately. But overall, it's how they handle these issues that is key. It seems like the NHTSA is so much more aggressive on these issues since the Toyota uninteneded acceleration incidents.
      cowgirlpage1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Someone in the National Highway Traffic Safety Adm. should check out Ford Explorer Sport Trac Wheel Bearing issues. I didnt know there was a problem with them disintegrating without any warning until mine froze up and disintegrated last Monday. Tore the left side. The wheel almost came off the truck. I looked it up online and there are a huge amount of complaints concerning this. If I had been going fast I could have killed myself and someone driving around me. Lost all control of the truck!
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      My mom's 2011 Explorer had the power steering problem. Luckily she got it fixed without a problem, even when there was no recall (and of course there still isn't one just yet). Others haven't been so lucky, though. One guy on the Explorer forum I go on crashed because of the problem and his dealer is saying it was an accident and that Ford won't pay for it. It's especially bad because the power steering failure problem doesn't log any codes.
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