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NHTSA Launches Safety Probes Involving Nearly 2 million Stellantis, Ford, GM vehicles

Ford engines, GM backup cameras, and Jeep electronic parking brake failures part of NHTSA’s latest safety probes

  • There are five probes in total.

  • The largest one covers 1.3 million Jeep Cherokee SUVs.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is going to be very busy investigating problems that are affecting roughly 2 million vehicles. The probes include vehicles from Ford, GM, and Stellantis, the latter representing the bulk of the investigations.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The Jeep Cherokee SUV, from the 2014 to 2020 model years, account for an estimated 1.3 million vehicles under scrutiny. The issue is that water infiltration could activate the electronic parking brake while the vehicle is in motion. The Agency’s Office of Defects Investigation has received 80 complaints so far. Other probes involve the Dodge Journey, Jeep Compass, and Patriot, as well as the Chrysler Pacifica PHEV.

Over at GM, the NHTSA has received complaints with regards to faulty backup cameras in 2020-2021 Cadillac XT5, XT6, and GMC Acadia.

Over at Ford, according to Automotive News, a formal investigation has been launched into the 2021 Bronco. Specifically, the probe is focused on models fitted with the 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6. The NHTSA has so far received 26 complaints that allege a loss of power and a no-restart situation caused by a catastrophic engine failure.

2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrack | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Depending on the findings, the NHTSA may or may not send out recall requests to the manufacturers.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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