NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2006 Chrysler Pacifica

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2006 Chrysler Pacifica, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. ENGINE STALLING NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA06013

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling
    Fuel System, Gasoline
    Fuel System, Gasoline:Delivery
    Fuel System, Gasoline:Delivery:Fuel Pump
    Power Train
    Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Control Module (Tcm, Pcm)
    Vehicle Speed Control

    Summary: In a November 8, 2006 letter, DaimlerChrysler corporation (DCC) submitted a defect information report to NHTSA concerning two separate defect conditions that could result in engine stall while driving in model year (MY) 2005-2006 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles (NHTSA recall no. 06V-432).MY 2005 vehicles built in August and September of 2004 are being recalled to correct a defect in the secondary fuel pump modules, which may have an improper press fitting on the inlet that can become dislodged and shut-off fuel flow.all MY 2005-2006 vehicles built between July 8, 2004 and November 11, 2005 are being recalled to correct a powertrain control module (PCM) software issue with the evaporative emissions system which can also cause stalling.for both conditions, engine stall incidents tend to occur during left turns. There were 17,375 vehicles built during August and September 2004 that were affected by both the fuel pump module and PCM software conditions.there were 30 voqs submitted to ODI, 58 consumer complaints to DCC and 829 field reports relating to vehicles produced during this period.while these are mostly related to the fuel pump condition, some may have been caused by the software fault.the resulting stall while driving failure rate for this period is 5,278 incidents per 100,000 vehicles.there were two crashes alleged to have resulted from these incidents.there were 1,021 warranty claims for fuel pump module replacement that appear related to engine stall (5.9% claim rate). The population for the remaining vehicles included in 06V-432 (I.e., those only affected by the software condition) is 114,523.there were 97 voqs, 124 consumer complaints to DCC and 454 DCC field reports relating to these vehicles.the resulting stall while driving failure rate is 589 per 100,000 vehicles.there were seven crashes alleged to have resulted from these incidents.there were 3,211 warranty claims for PCM reflash that appear related to engine stall in the total population of 131,898 vehicles (2.4% claim rate). All calculations are based on unique vins (multiple/repeat failures not included in these calculations) with no duplication across categories.DCC's recall will reprogram the PCM software and replace the fuel pump modules in all affected vehicles.this engineering analysis has been closed.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA06013 »

  2. ENGINE STALLING NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ06002

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: February 27, 2006
    • Date Closed: June 22, 2006
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling
    Fuel System, Gasoline
    Vehicle Speed Control

    Summary: On February 27, 2006 RQ06-002 was opened in response to 60 complaints of engine stall, mostly during left-hand turns, in model year (MY) 2004 to 2006 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles that were outside the scope of recall 04V-113.in March 2004, DaimlerChrysler initiated recall 04V-113 on 34,561 MY 2004 Pacifica vehicles to correct a condition that could result in engine stall while making a left-hand turn after a cold-start.during RQ06-002 it was determined that recall 04V-113 did correct the specific cause of the engine stalling condition for that specific population.however, two other conditions were identified that could also cause engine stalling during turning maneuvers:(1) an issue with misbuilt fuel pumps that primarily affected about 17,000 MY 2005 Pacifica vehicles built during August and September 2004; and (2) a software condition affecting vapor purge in about 131,000 MY 2005-06 Pacifica vehicles built from July 2004 through November 2005. An engineering analysis, EA06-013, has been opened to further examine the scope, frequency and safety consequences associated with each of these conditions in the subject vehicles.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #RQ06002 »

  3. FUEL TANK PUNCTURES NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA06010

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: June 15, 2006
    • Date Closed: October 11, 2007
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage
    Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Tank Assembly
    Fuel System, Other:Storage
    Fuel System, Other:Storage:Tank Assembly

    Summary: EA06-010 was opened based on information gathered in preliminary evaluation PE06-009.PE06-009 was opened based on information obtained in a peer information request as part of a preliminary evaluation (PE05-050) of fuel tank puncture in model year (MY) 2003 through 2006 Nissan murano vehicles.in January 2006, Nissan submitted a defect information report to ODI that identified a defect in the fuel tank shielding in approximately 209,000 MY 2003 through 2006 Nissan murano vehicles.to remedy the problem, Nissan installed shields on the exposed front surfaces of the recalled vehicles.peer data collected for MY 2004 through 2005 Pacifica vehicles during PE05-050 included 120 field reports documenting tank replacements due to puncture or damage by road debris as part of a parts restriction program conducted at the request of the tank supplier (inergy). Analysis of the information provided by Chrysler during PE05-050, PE06-009 and EA06-010 show that the front surface of the fuel tanks in the subject Pacifica vehicles is not completely protected fromroad debris by the floor pan or other body structure.the tanks were compared with peer vehicles, including several identified by Chrysler as sharing similar design characteristics (unshielded high-density polyethylene plastic fuel tanks in a saddlebag configuration).some of the peer designs reviewed by ODI packaged the tanks in recessed cavities in the floor pan or used shields to protect exposed surfaces on the front of the tank.in general, these tanks had the lowest complaint rates for tank puncture by road debris. However, other peer designs reviewed by ODI had packaging similar to the subject vehicles and some of these also had some complaints of tank puncture.none of the peer vehicles analyzed by ODI had tanks puncture data comparable to Chrysler's field reports from its part restriction programs, so that data could not be used in peer comparisons. Analysis of the complaint data shows that the rate for the subject vehicles is about half that observed in the recalled murano vehicles and not significantly higher than some of the peer vehicles analyzed with similar design characteristics.testing by the NHTSA vehicle research and testing center (VRTC) showed differences between the murano and Pacifica fuel tank packaging and exposure to road debris thrown by the front tires.accordingly, this investigation is closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist.the Agency will continue to monitor complaints and other information relating to the alleged defect in the subject vehicles and take further action in the future if warranted.see document file for additional information regarding this resume.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA06010 »

  4. Fleet Vehicle Recall Completion Audit NHTSA Defect Investigation #AQ10001

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: November 18, 2010
    • Date Closed: December 28, 2015
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Unknown Or Other

    Summary: On November 18, 2010, NHTSA's Recall Management Division (RMD) opened an audit query (AQ10-001) to investigate recall remedy completion by rental car companies on safety recall campaigns.It was expected to provide the agency an indication of how completely and how quickly rental car fleets perform necessary recall-related remedies on the vehicles owned and then rented/leased for use on the roadways.RMD queried three (3) major motor vehicle manufacturers (Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors) and requested data regarding completion figures for fifteen (15) discreet safety recalls.Analysis of this data demonstrated that rental car recalls completion was neither complete nor consistent.The rental car companies representing the largest market share in the industry were then queried as to their respective policies for the rental, lease, and sale of vehicles with open recalls.The data and responses from the manufacturers and the rental car companies can be found in the document repository by accessing the ""Associated Documents" link above.In December 2015, Congress enacted the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.One section of the Act prohibits rental car companies from renting, leasing, or selling motor vehicles subject to open safety recalls.With the passage of the FAST Act and its prohibition, there is no continuing need for the agency to investigate rental car recall completions.Accordingly, this investigation is closed.The agency reserves the right to open any future investigations, including audits of individual recalls, or groups of recalls, or rental car companies, to examine more closely safety recalls performance and completion issues in this area.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #AQ10001 »

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