Fiat Chrysler has issued a recall on over 160,000 minivans due to an engine stalling risk.  The manufacturer says that the engine control computer can misinterpret the operating status of the vehicle and cause the engine to shut off. 

The recall involves certain models of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica with gasoline engines.

Fiat Chrysler says owners will be notified when they can bring in their vehicle for service.  Repairs are expected to begin just before April 1, 2018.  Dealers will fix the engines software for free. 

At this time, there have been no reports of injuries in the United States due to the defect. However, one car accident and 50 incidents of the engine stalling have been reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

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Source:, “Fiat Chrysler recalls 2017 Pacifica minivans for engine stalling problem”

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