FCA recalls Jeep and Ram models for separate issues

Ram axles prompt recall; Jeep takes a look at AC units.

FCA announced two recalls Tuesday to address separate issues in close to 150,000 trucks and SUVs.

RamThe first recall covers some 67,000 2015-2016 Ram 1500 pickups built between mid-June and late September of this year that may have been assembled with drive shafts that were not properly heat-treated.

The axles may wear quickly or overheat, which could result in anything from a simple ABS fault to component failure and wheel separation. The batch of axles in question was delivered in this condition by an unnamed supplier.

FCA says most of the Rams affected by the campaign are still on dealer lots and only a handful of customers have taken delivery so far. However, the company is aware of one accident that may be related to the defect. No injuries were reported. The remedy is a simple replacement of the defective part with one from a new, properly treated batch.

JeepJeep, meanwhile, wants to look at some examples of its 2015 Cherokee where air conditioning lines may run a bit too close to the exhaust manifold. Roughly 75,000 Cherokees may exhibit this issue, and two customers have reported smoke and/or fire as a result, but no accidents or injuries.

Owners of both vehicles will be notified if their VINs are covered by the recall campaigns.

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