The recently launched, all-electric Fiat 500e is already facing its first recall. According to The Detroit News, more than 270 of the EVs are being recalled to replace bolts that secure the vehicles' half shafts. The official number of affected vehicles has not been announced as of this writing, as Chrysler will not inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of this issue until it accounts for all problematic 500e models that are currently sitting on dealer lots.

Chrysler confirmed to the News that the problem is in no way related to the 500e's electric powertrain, simply the half shafts. The automaker launched an investigation into this problem after learning that a customer's vehicle experienced power loss. Engineers reportedly found that two assembly steps had not been completed, and that this could lead to half shaft separation.

No injuries or accidents related to this problem have been reported. Chrysler will contact owners of the affected 500e models, who will receive rental vehicles while their Fiats are being fixed. Of course, all repair work will be completed free of charge.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 53 Comments
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm.... a relatively minor recall, with no incidents, at an early stage of model release. So why all the fuss ? Oh, I see it's a Fiat 500 e recall, so of course it going to be the butt of every old cliche, and an opportunity for ever anti-EV troll to spring out from under a bridge, to indulge in 2 minutes of malice.
        benjamin_braddock
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marco Polo
        It will have anti-EV and anti-Fiat trolls springing into action. All car manufacturers have issues.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Yeah but it is funny because you know some people are going to get bent out of shape. I can't wait to bring out Accelerates Under Demonic Influence again.
      Fotojim
      • 1 Year Ago
      I acutely have a 500e and love it. Fun great driving experience, waited 3 months for it. What is troubling is the way Fiat is handling the service end of the recall. My local dealer is clueless, they only now have two of the three parts needed to do the repair. Talking with the service manager is no help... I was first notified around August 13, nothing done.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fix It Again, Tony!
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's trash the Fiat because of a 30 year old outdated cliche and because no other brand ever has recalled cars for any reason, especially not the super reliable and flawless Toyotas, Hondas and certainly not the super perfectly awesome German brands.
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shiftright
        Missing two procedures in securing such an important part of the vehicle like the half shaft is a serious problem. And is it cliche when quality issues like this keep happening? It's not a supplier issue, or a part fault, it's quality control. Fiat make good cars. Great cars. But they do need to address quality control when it's something that has in past... damaged their brand image.
        rcavaretti
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shiftright
        40 year actually.
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      haha told you all after i test drove it
      Levine Levine
      • 1 Year Ago
      About 40 years ago American consumer booted Fiat out of the country because of lousy sleazy quality. The demise of Chrysler brought Fiat back onto US shores made possible only by the bribes (taxpayer bailout money) from the Federal government. Today, Fiat deserves an encore but with an extra kick in the gluteus..
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Yup, no other brand has ever recalled cars in the past couple of years. Moron..
        Julio B
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Levine Levine
        it was 28 years ago... and in 1984 all American cars were the epitome of quality right?... Cars now have nothing in common with anything 28 years ago. Of course the Government had to show some incentive to the only company that had a minimal interest in the bankrupt money pit that was Chrysler in 2009.
        tump
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Levine Levine
        You just aren't very bright. Look at a goddamned calendar - your favorite brand was absolute shite then, too.
      macdoc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fiat Still a POS
      Lunch
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, they did call it Fix It Again...
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      I always get a chuckle when the fan girls get their panties in a knot anytime a negative comment is made.
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob
        Not fan girls, just informed readers that can't stand knee jerk comments made by small minded spiteful people that exist on the internet just to poo poo everything.
      Thomas Saunders
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't worry, Tony will get right on that....
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        For the people down voting - the post IS about repairs that need to be made to a FIAT... sigh...
      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who would have thought that a car owned by an Italian company, built in Mexico with a drivetrain assembled in a union-run Detroit assembly plant would have problems?
    • Load More Comments