Fiat Chrysler is recalling around 50,000 Pacifica minivans in U.S. and Canada because of a seat belt issue.
Facts about Chrysler Pacifica
Spacious family minivan, restyled in 2017. With a 3.6 L Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 287 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The basic version with the basic package of equipment starts at $ 30,000. Full review in a separate article that you can read here.
Affected vehicles are Pacifica minivans with the 8-passenger configuration. This includes models from the 2017 model year as well as from the 2018 model year. Of the affected models, 47,927 are in the U.S.A. while 1,908 are in Canada.
Fiat Chrysler’s engineers specializing in interior safety restraints discovered that during sporting driving, the seat belt buckle of the second-row center position seat of 8-seater Pacifica minivans could make the seat belt of the left outboard seat to become unlatched. This increases the risk of injury in case of a crash. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has however said it is not aware of any injury, complaints, warranty claims or accidents related to this seat belt problem. During their own testing, the engineers discovered that in extreme handling maneuvers in spirited driving, the center’s seat position buckle could come in contact with the release button of the left outboard seat’s seatbelt buckle which cases the seat belt to unlatch.
Owners will deliver their minivans to their local dealers for the fix which involves installation of a shorter second-row seat belt buckle.
How to proceed
In the meantime, FCA advises owners of the affected Pacifica minivans not to use the center seat of the second row if the other outboard seats are occupied. The automaker will begin notifying owners from October 20 on when to get their fix. To learn more, owners may call FCA at 800-853-1403. Owners can also contact the NHTSA via its vehicle-safety hotline i.e. 888-327-4236.