Consumer advocates with the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) have called on Chrysler to issue a recall for 2017 Pacifica minivans. More than 156,000 of these vehicles have been sold in the US. CAS claims the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received 50 reports from consumers who claim their vehicles stalled. Vehicle owners claim they were unable to accelerate, deaccelerate or use power steering.
A woman in California was driving her Pacifica at 20 miles per hour when it stalled in traffic. Her car glided off the road because she was unable to steer, brake or accelerate. .
Other cases of vehicle stalls were described in a recent The New York Times article. A physician interviewed for the article said his Pacifica shut off while he was driving at 70 miles per hour in a busy highway. According to the physician, he was almost hit by a semi-truck because his vehicle slowed down and he lost the ability to steer.
Fiat Chrysler claims that the airbags and seatbelts were not compromised during these incidents. The company also claims that it is unaware of any injuries or deaths. Vehicle stalls are always a major safety matter. Many owners who have reported stalling use their 2017 Chrysler Pacific minivans as a family vehicle.
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