Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling nearly 75,000 vehicles in the United States over problems with their alternators. Most of them, however, are estimated to be used in fleets, not by private owners.
The problem comes down to the diodes in the alternator, which may wear out prematurely – specifically after frequent load cycling near their maximum amperage in hot temperatures. That combination of circumstances – said to be “consistent with fleet-vehicle usage” – could cause the alternators to short-circuit, leaving the engine to stall or even sparking a fire.
The manufacturer started looking into the issue after an injury report, and as a result is recalling 74,833 vehicles including 2007-13 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, as well 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cabs, and 2011-14 Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles. Another 10,077 such vehicles are being recalled in Canada, 1,088 in Mexico, and just 134 outside of North America.