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Automaker To Buyback Certain Recalled Models

FCA, found in violation of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, agrees to buyback recalled models as part of record penalties issued by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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The latest recall from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles involves some 300,000 units of the 2011-14 Dodge Charger over an overly sensitive airbag and seatbelt sensor.

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Plus: Notes On More Hellcats For 2016, Amazon's New Show For Clarkson And Co., And The Ferrari 488 Spider

We curate the week's events with a focus on FCA's record NHTSA fine. Plus, other news and notes from the industry.

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NHTSA is closing an investigation into 4.7 million power modules in FCA vehicles and found no need for a recall in them.

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Cadillac is recalling 82,000 examples of the 2013-2016 ATS because the sunroof controls don't comply to government rules, resulting in a stop sale order to dealerships.

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Audi is recalling 5,600 SQ5 crossovers due to concerns over a fault in the steering motor sensor, which could cause a steering failure in cold conditions.

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Mini is recalling 30,000 examples of the two-door Hardtop models to improve their side-impact protection. The problem was discovered after safety compliance tests by the government.

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Uconnect Update For 1.4 Million Vehicles Fixes Software Vulnerabilities

Carjacking has gone wireless, as automakers and Congress scramble for a solution.

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A Superior Court judge in Georgia has reduced the damages Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be ordered to pay to the family of Remington Walden, who died three years ago in a Jeep Grand Cherokee fire.

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Two separate problems related to inadvertent airbag deployment have prompted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the NHTSA to recall some 2 million late-model Ram trucks.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will reportedly levy a $105 million fine against Fiat Chrysler Automotive over lapses in the reporting and handling of recalls and safety defects.

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We walk through the update process on a Ram 1500 to show what owners of the 1.4 million recalled FCA products can do to secure their infotainment systems.

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FCA US is recalling 1.4 million vehicles in the US to send the owners a software upgrade to prevent potential hacks. The issue stems from the weakness recently discovered in the Uconnect system in a Jeep Cherokee.

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Harley-Davidson is recalling about 185,000 motorcycles because the saddlebags can potentially fall off while riding.

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The 2011-2015 Dodge Journey and Fiat Freemont are covered under a recall to secure their engine covers from getting loose. The campaign covers 349,731 of the crossovers worldwide. The loose parts under the hood can be a fire hazard if they get too hot.

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Lincoln MKS And MKT Also Affected

Ford has issued a recall for certain examples of the Explorer, Taurus, Flex, and Lincoln MKS and MKT, to fix a parking brake which may not engage properly.

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Chevy Volt Tie Rod Recall

Two new London bus routes go electric. A Chevrolet Volt is recalled for a tie rod issue. Formula E comes back to Long Beach on April 2, 2016.

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An amendment to a bill in the Senate would force rental car companies to repair recalled vehicles before handing over the keys to customers.

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Ferrari is recalling 814 models from its 2015 lineup to replace improperly assembled driver's side airbag modules. The devices can deploy in a manner that's rotated from how they are meant to.

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Honda is recalling 1,400 examples the new, 2016 Pilot to adjust the positioning of the third-row seatbelt. The vast majority of them are at the factory or the dealer, and a much smaller number of customers are actually affected.

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Subaru is recalling over 32,000 units of the 2012 Impreza because the Occupant Detection System might not work correctly for the front passenger seat. This can cause the airbag not to deploy in a crash.

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