Recalling a previous recall
CR reports that Chrysler noted that the actual incidents of fire were kept to single digits, and the majority of these took place while vehicles were parked.
The 2020 episode was a callback to 2018 when 10,000 2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids were also recalled from the market. These, too, suffered from fire risks.
No closure yet for the Pacifica Hybrid
Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the end of the sordid tale for the Pacifica Hybrid.
In 2022, Consumer Reports reported that Chrysler issued yet another recall notice for its hapless minivan. An unfortunate echo of previous times, this recall also cited fire risks in the 2017 and 2018 models.
Twelve instances of the Pacifica catching fire while parked formed the substance of the recall. Each car, notes Consumer Reports, was turned off when the fire began, and three-quarters of them were plugged in to charge.
Chrysler is investigating the root cause of the issue, and in the interim encouraged owners not to park their Pacificas too near other cars. Additionally, the automaker said it would be providing software updates free of charge to all owners, to better monitor the battery.
In all, 19,808 vehicles were recalled in 2022.
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