12 Chrysler Pacifica hybrids caught fire while parked and died recently. What’s wrong with electric vehicles and hybrids that catch fire? This Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid recall affects nearly 20,000 units from 2017 to 2018. According to Consumer Reports, of the 12 fires reported so far, eight were plugged in and charging. For this reason, Chrysler is urging affected Pacifica owners not to plug in their minivans until the cause of the fires is determined.
Is there still a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid recall?
Yes. According to Consumer Reports, in a recent statement, Chrysler said it was “working to confirm the cause of the fires.” Chrysler says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the recall.
Although there is technically an official recall, Chrysler has yet to determine the cause of the fires and as such has not told owners when they can take their minivans to dealerships for repair. If you recall, Chrysler has already recalled another 27,000 Pacificas in 2020 for 2018 models due to a fire-related issue with the fuel system.
What are the details of the Chrysler recall so far?
Consumer Reports notes that 19,808 Pacifica hybrid minivans from the 2017 and 2018 model years are at risk of mysteriously catching fire. Again, Chrysler has yet to determine the cause of the fire, which means Pacifica owners will have to wait for their pickups to be safely repaired.
Chrysler has told owners they can continue to use their vehicles but only use the ICE engine and refrain from using electric power. This Pacifica Hybrid issue is disturbingly similar to the Chevy Bolt fires. Is there a fundamental problem with hybrid manufacturing?
Once the manufacturer has determined the source of the flames, owners will be notified when and where to fix the problem. You can also check the NHTSA website to see if there are any open recalls for your car.
Is the Chrysler Pacifica a good pickup truck?
Although we at MotorBiscuit love minivans in general and the Chrysler Pacifica in particular, certain quality issues seemed to signal a recall like this.
consumer reports gave the 2022 Pacifica a 57/100. Nearly every aspect scored a four out of five in all areas except reliability, where the Pacifica scored a one out of five.
On the Consumer Reports rating scale, as with most customers, reliability is one of, if not the most, most important aspect of a car. Your car may be the fanciest, prettiest, and most powerful car in the universe, but none of that matters if you can’t rely on it to work.
The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica has all the bells and whistles. It is extremely comfortable and more luxurious than most luxury cars. Hybrid models also offer phenomenal fuel economy for a vehicle of its size at 27 mpg.
On paper, the Chrysler Pacifica is a no-brainer for anyone who needs to haul loads of luggage and people in top-level comfort and safety. However, the lack of reliability is a serious weak point for such a strong competitor.
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