Stellantis (FCA US, LLC) is recalling certain 2017 to 2018 Dodge Journey (JC) models for their amber side reflex reflector assembled into the headlamp, which may not reflect brightly enough. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”
Approximately, 83,453 vehicles are affected by the recall.
If the reflection of light from the reflector is below specification, the position and dimensions of the vehicle may not always be perceived by other drivers, which can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning.
According to the recall, the suspect period began at the Toluca Assembly Plant on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, when parts with a photometric noncompliant front amber side reflex reflector were introduced into vehicle production, to Friday, July 6th, 2018, when suspect parts were no longer used in production. Supplier (HBPO North America Inc. in Troy, Michigan) production records were used to identify the suspect period.
Recall Chronology –
- On December 18th, 2018, the FCA US Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (“TSRC”) organization opened an investigation as a result of an audit of a front amber side reflex reflector performed by Transport Canada.
- From December 2018 through February 2019, meetings were conducted between FCA US TSRC, FCA US Engineering, and the supplier to review the issue, confirm the test results and root cause and understand the suspect part delivery dates to identify the suspect period and scope of vehicles affected, and understand the supplier corrective actions implemented.
- As of March 14th, 2019, FCA US identified zero CAIRs, zero VOQs, and zero field reports related to this issue.
- As of March 14th, 2019, FCA US was not aware of any accidents or injuries potentially related to this issue.
- On March 7th, 2019, FCA US determined, through the Vehicle Regulations Committee, to conduct a voluntary safety recall of the affected vehicles.
- On April 5th, 2019, FCA US filed a petition for inconsequential treatment with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- On September 12th, 2022, FCA US received notice of NHTSA’s denial of FCA US’ petition with instruction to amend the Part 573 Defect Information Report related to recall 19V-199 (FCA US No. V22).
- On September 19th, 2022, FCA US filed the amended Part 573 Defect Information Report related to recall 19V-199 (FCA US No. V22).
- On September 22nd, 2022, FCA US received a request from NHTSA to file a new Part 573 Defect Information Report rather than amend the prior report.
- On September 29th, 2022, FCA US filed a new Part 573 Defect Information Report as requested.
The remedy is under development. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on Tuesday, November 8th, 2022. Owners may contact FCA US, LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US, LLC’s number for this recall is Z99.
Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.