Chrysler Contacting 270 Fiat 500e Owners About Potential “Half Shaft” Separation

4 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 7

One Of 270+ Fiat 500e Sedans That Will Be Getting A Check-Up

One Of 270+ Fiat 500e Sedans That Will Be Getting A Check-Up

Fiat 500e Axle (Half Shaft) Issue Shown

Fiat 500e Axle (Half Shaft) Issue Shown

Chrysler issued a statement today about a rather serious flaw that is occurring in some of the first 270 Fiat 500e electric vehicles that have hit the road.

Under pressure, the improperly assembled half shaft can give way and separate, a condition we first brought to light via Fiat 500e owners on Tuesday.

On the positive side (if you are looking for one), over 270 Fiat 500e EVs have been sold since the first car was delivered the 15th of last month.

 

Chrysler Statement: Half Shaft Bolts

A Fiat 500e Warns "Service Propulsion System" After Half Shaft Seperation

A Fiat 500e Warns “Service Propulsion System” After Half Shaft Separation

August 14, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group has begun contacting approximately 270 owners of model-year 2013 Fiat 500e battery-electric vehicles. A recall is being conducted to replace bolts that secure the vehicles’ half shafts.

The issue is unrelated to the 500e’s electric powertrain. Half shafts transfer torque from a vehicle’s gearbox to its wheels.

An investigation was launched after Chrysler Group learned a customer’s vehicle exhibited power loss. Engineers discovered two assembly steps had not been properly completed; creating a condition that could lead to half shaft separation. Chrysler Group is unaware of any related accidents or injuries.

Approximately 270 retail customers are affected. They are being contacted and will receive free rental vehicles while their vehicles are being repaired.

Repairs will be performed at no charge to customers.

Vehicles on dealer lots also are affected. Chrysler Group will advise the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration when the precise recall population is determined.

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7 responses to "Chrysler Contacting 270 Fiat 500e Owners About Potential “Half Shaft” Separation"

  1. Assaf says:

    mmm… these problems as well as the Focus EV’s, highlight 1. What an achievement Nissan Leaf has been in terms of engineering reliability, 3 years running with nearly 100,000 sales worldwide (except that Phoenix thing which was predictable given its limited cooling abilities, and which pales in comparison), and
    2. That this “existing model’s EV version” solution might actually be a logistical nightmare compared to the alternative of a de-novo design like the Leaf. Perhaps one reason they are so rife with reliability problems, is that people all along the design/production line are not quite aware of all the ways in which the EV version is different.

    On the plus side… it seems that lowly July 2013 did manage to produce one sales record: for overall sales in the sub-compact segment. Adding up your numbers yields about 420 cars across 500e, Spark, Fit, MiEV and Smart ED. That’s the best ever (although, to be fair, it’s the first month in which all 5 competitors were available). This record should be shattered in the fall at latest.

  2. Just_chris says:

    Things are looking up for 500e owners, they only got a half shaft this month which is 50% better than the full shafting they got at the dealership last month 🙂

    1. Aaron says:

      Bah dum crash! Well played sir. Well played.

  3. EV says:

    what did i say about turning the corner and it felt shakey and uncontrollable, too much torque for the little car

    1. Aaron says:

      Fiat 500e = 147ft/lb.
      Focus Electric = 184ft/lb.
      Chevy Spark = 400ft/lb.

      Sorry, no. Not too much torque. Just a manufacturing defect.

      1. Perry Eyges says:

        I drove the Spark. It seemed VERY governed. There is no way that they are giving all 400lb/ft up front. Is seemed adequate but not fast as with the TeslaS. The poor Tesla is FAST but handles like a horse drawn wagon(at best).
        I probably would go for the Spark except is went toward the Prius tree hugger EV look. And of course Chevy is IN LOVE with the Bow Tie. It is HUGE front and back.
        I chose the normal(if not sporty) looking Fiat. It seems like the most fun EV for the $$.
        The little Tesla Sports car would be even more fun but its next to impossible as an every day car for two. I also don’t like the idea of Tesla controlling the market on used ones. The whole idea of a Company owning all of the dealerships smacks of Price Fixing.
        P

  4. tabaird says:

    You need to do a followup on this story. Fiat has totally dropped the ball on informing the buyers of these cars as to what is actually wrong with them and how and when they’ll be repaired. As of this morning, not all of the owners have been contacted and those that have, have been kept in the dark as to the status of their vehicles, which are now at the dealership collecting dust. Revisit the Google+ 500e community for the gory details…