The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reviewing Chrysler models which include Totally Integrated Power Modules (TIPM) after the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) petitioned the government to open a defect investigation into the matter. NHTSA and CAS have received complaints from Chrysler owners alleging incidents of engine stall or non-start, random windshield wiper activity and power window movement and more.
Once the review is complete, NHTSA will decide whether to open a defect investigation.
“Horn blares, wipers start running while [vehicle is] off, [it] won’t shift out of first gear, air conditioning blower stops working, engine cooling fan stops running, brake, reverse and parking light flicker, locks lock and unlock on their own and [the key] fob won’t work on them. The power steering goes out and gauges go out. It ruined my battery last time it happened. This happens regularly about every two to three weeks and I have found it is a faulty TIPM that is always on backorder or has been since October 2012 when I first had the problem occur,” according to an owner complaint reported to CAS.
“Not only do Chrysler’s faulty TIPMs result in vehicle stalling, they have also been implicated in airbag non-deployment, random horn, headlight, taillight, door lock, instrument panel and windshield wiper activity, power windows going up and down on their own, failure of fuel pump shut off, resulting in unintended acceleration and fires,” writes Michael Brooks, a CAS staff attorney, in a letter to NHTSA.
“[T]he Center for Auto Safety has petitioned the NHTSA to initiate a defect investigation into failures associated with the TIPMs installed in Chrysler SUVs, trucks and vans beginning in the 2007 model-year,” according to NHTSA. “[T]he petition includes a list of 70 complaints received by CAS that are allegedly related to Chrysler TIPM failures.”
CAS has identified 24 crashes from NHTSA’s Early Warning Reporting (EWR) database that could be related to potential TIPM failure, according to officials. The group has asked NHTSA to review these reports as part of the petition evaluation.
CAS also supplemented its letter to NHTSA by including a list of additional owner complaints.
“On multiple times the windshield wipers began going and warning lights flashed inside the car and windows went down without being powered and doors opened and shut by themselves,” an owner complained, according to CAS.
“The petition will be evaluated for a grant or deny decision,” according to NHTSA.
The models NHTSA are reviewing include:
CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY: 2008-2014
DODGE CARAVAN: 2008-2012
DODGE DURANGO: 2011-2013
DODGE GRAND CARAVAN: 2008-2014
DODGE JOURNEY: 2008-2010
DODGE JOURNEY AWD: 2009-2010
DODGE NITRO: 2007-2012
DODGE NITRO 4X2: 2007-2009
DODGE NITRO 4X4: 2007-2009
DODGE RAM 1500: 2009-2012
DODGE RAM 2500: 2010-2012
DODGE RAM 350: 2010-2012
DODGE RAM 4500: 2011-2012
DODGE RAM 5500: 2011-2012
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE: 2011-2013
JEEP LIBERTY: 2007-2012
JEEP WRANGLER: 2007-2014
JEEP WRANGLER 2-DR 4X4: 2007-2009
JEEP WRANGLER 2-DR 4X4 RHD: 2007-2009
JEEP WRANGLER 4-DR 4X2: 2007-2009
JEEP WRANGLER 4-DR 4X4: 2007-2009
JEEP WRANGLER 4-DR 4X4 RHD: 2009
JEEP WRANGLER SAHARA: 2007
JEEP WRANGLER X RHD 4X4: 2007