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Chrysler is recalling 4,141 Fiat 500e models from the 2013 and 2014 model years because they could lose power. According to the automaker, the power inverter module could allow coolant to seep onto electrical components. This could cause a short circuit and power loss. The part in question is responsible for altering the electric current.

The company discovered the problem while reviewing warranty claims, and it found five cases where the fault actually occurred. It's not aware of any injuries or accidents tied to this issue. The recall affects cars built between September 24, 2012, and April 4, 2014, and all of them are in the US. Chrysler will contact owners directly to schedule the repair.

This is the second recall for the electric hatchback. Chrysler previously had to repair more than 270 of them last year to replace bolts that secure the vehicles' half shafts.

Scroll down to read the entire, brief announcement about the recall.
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STATEMENT: POWER INVERTER MODULE

May 9, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group is replacing the power inverter module (PIM) in an estimated 4,141 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 Group 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. The Company is unaware of any related 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.

Customers who are concerned may call the Fiat Customer Assistance Center at 1-888-242-6342.

Chrysler Group takes seriously its commitment to safety and is conducting this campaign voluntarily. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been advised.


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      RUNRUNRUN@ilikeelectronics.com
      Sorry, but I must - FIAT: Fix It Again Tony
      Rick C.
      • 7 Months Ago
      The 500e uses existing Bosche components, meaning other electric vehicles utilizing these same components will have issues as well.
        Rick C.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Rick C.
        Bosch offers the SMG 180/120 electric motor, the related Bosch INVCON 2.3 inverter. and the battery pack as standard parts. Apparently the ActiveE uses the battery pack and inverter as well. Google is your friend,
        Dave
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Rick C.
        ".....other electric vehicles utilizing these same components..." Feel free to name one.
        Quantum
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Rick C.
        Bosch doesn't make this information exactly public, likely due to confidentially agreements. It's the owners forums and pro EV sites that have taken a good look at the components and the part numbers and published the information.
      Spec
      • 7 Months Ago
      4,141 Fiat 500e models?!?! Wow. I didn't realize they had sold so many. That is pretty good for a compliance car.
        Koenigsegg
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Spec
        surprising that they've sold that money considering the price of them
        Koenigsegg
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Spec
        They were over $500 a month 2 weeks after they came out which was ridiculous. Thats why i got the Smart ED instead for $139, it was a no brainer and the car has been flawless 8400 miles 10 months... but i'd still like to get a 500e though
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Something tells me THAT wasn't in the five year plan...
      Ducman69
      • 7 Months Ago
      Why does it say Chrysler is recalling them? Chrysler dealerships can't do warranty work on Fiats, which is friggen retarded considering how few Fiat dealerships there are nationwide.
        helloac
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Ducman69
        The 500e is only sold in California at this point, so all of the owners are within a reasonable distance of a servicing dealer.
          Ducman69
          • 7 Months Ago
          @helloac
          I hope so, because they don't have that great a range! LMAO!!!
        Alexander Stewart
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Ducman69
        Because Fiat Chrysler is the new company, Fiat sold here in America is under Chrysler Group. If you had read the statement, it says they will call you and let you know where to get serviced. Idk if I'm right or not but dealerships have a say in what can be serviced, not the manufacturer.
          Ducman69
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Alexander Stewart
          I have a Fiat 500, and my point is that it SUCKS that they are supposed to be one company, but Chrysler won't touch a Fiat with a ten foot pole. The Fiat dealer you do have you have to make an appointment with typically a week in advance at minimum (check the forums, its not just Houston). Then when you go in, they have to take pictures and send it to Fiat for approval. They don't always get approval right away, and so may require you to come back later, meaning you have to make a whole other trip after the approval is received from Fiat HQ to the Fiat dealer to do the work. When you're 60 miles from the dealership, that's a huge PITA process.
        Alexander Stewart
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Ducman69
        Ohhh I see, wow that is a load of BS. Well I hope everything works out man.
      willbesurfing
      • 7 Months Ago
      Autoblog should just go ahead and create the blog site....EndlessAutoRecalls.com. Enough already.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @willbesurfing
        [blocked]
      Tweaker
      • 7 Months Ago
      At least it's not 780,000 minivans. Oh, wait.
      DarylMc
      • 7 Months Ago
      In my opinion the current crop of ICE vehicles are pretty damn reliable. Electric vehicles certainly have the ability to be engineered for reliability. But it would not surprise me if that takes a little while to sort out. The Fiats will certainly be under warranty at this stage.
      Rotation
      • 7 Months Ago
      The stated effects seem understated. That is an area on the car with very high electrical power. Water in there could start an electrical fire.
        DarylMc
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        I doubt it would start a fire before shutting down but it would certainly be costly out of warranty. In this Volkswagen factory they are testing for coolant leaks in the motor. Sure they found it and fixed it but it does make me concerned about long term reliability. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=8TrEuXgRRPw#t=160
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