Chrysler starts recall of Fiat 500e over loose half-shafts

With Fiat 500e owners reporting speed loss, Fiat is initiating a recall to fix a mis-installed half-shaft in the drive train.

Chrysler announced today its first recall of the Fiat 500e over issues with power loss because of a "half shaft" that has been incorrectly installed. The recall is purely over a mechanical issue, and has nothing to do with the electric drive train or battery system. It affects more than 270 2013 Fiat 500e battery-electric vehicles in customers hands and others still on dealers lots.

The recall will replace bolts that secure the vehicles’ half shafts. Half shafts transfer torque from a vehicle’s gearbox to its wheels. Chrysler is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem.

The company investigated after a customer’s vehicle exhibited power loss. They discovered two assembly steps had not been properly completed. That created a condition that could lead to half shaft separation.

The affected customers are being contacted and will receive free rental vehicles while their vehicles are being repaired. The repairs will be done at no cost.

The Fiat 500e is the electric version of the Fiat 500 family. It is an ultra-compact four-seater car with modernized Italian styling. The electric version is zippy and fun to drive.

See also: EPA rates Fiat 500EV highest efficiency longest range of non-luxury electric cars

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