Fiat 500e Recalled for Power Inverter Defect

By · May 12, 2014

Fiat 500e

On May 9, Chrysler Group said it would replace the power inverter module in an estimated 4,141 Fiat 500e electric cars to prevent coolant seepage that may cause power loss while driving.

The function of the power inverter module (or PIM) is to alter electric current to accommodate battery-powered propulsion. According to a Chrysler press release, a routine warranty data review prompted an investigation, during which engineers discovered a PIM defect that may, over time, seep coolant onto electrical components, causing a short-circuit leading to power loss.

Chrysler Group said that it’s aware of five such incidents, but no related accidents or injuries have occurred.

The PIM replacement is targeted to model-year 2013-14 Fiat 500e vehicles assembled between Sept. 24, 2012 and April 4, 2014. Affected customers, all of whom are in the U.S., will be contacted directly and advised when they may schedule service. The company will cover the costs.

Customers who are concerned may call the Fiat Customer Assistance Center at 1-888-242-6342.

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