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Fiat Chrysler to recall Fiat 500e vehicles

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is set to recall specific Fiat 500e vehicles from 2013 through 2015 model-years in order to fix an issue in the defective vehicles’ control units.

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The faulty control units in the vehicle may pose a threat to drivers and fellow passengers after setting an unauthorized diagnostic trouble code, which may prove to be lethal.

Around 3,900 cars were victims of this issue and were manufactured between the time-period between March 8, 2013 and March 7, 2015.

Fiat markets and sells its 500e EV only in California and Oregon. The automaker manufactured the vehicle in order to abide by the California state government’s zero-emission vehicle mandate and was known as a “compliance car”.

As the automotive manufacturer does not bifurcate the sales of the 500 and 500e EV, it is difficult to determine revenue collections through the latter.

Since the start of this year, Fiat has twice recalled the 500e vehicles, which have a software malfunction in the electric powertrain control unit. In April 2015, the automaker called back around 5,600 vehicles which were produced between the time-period March 2012 and November 2014.

That recall was due to a defect which occurred during a software update which caused the vehicles to suddenly shut down if not given any command for a period of time.

Along with fixing the software malfunction, Fiat has also addressed two other major recalls for the 500e EV including one during the same time-period in the previous year, which aimed at fixing coolant leaks. Before that, the EVs were called back to investigate potentially faulty half shafts.

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