Fiat 500e Recalled For Possibility Of Electric Propulsion System Shutdown

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APR 13 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 11

Fiat 500e

Fiat 500e

The Fiat 500e has been hit by another major recall.

Nearly one year ago, 4,151 500es were recalled for a possible power loss condition.

Just weeks ago, a similar recall was announced again for the 500e.  This time, the recall affects 5,660 of the electric Fiats:

Report Receipt Date: MAR 27, 2015

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V179000

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Manufacturer: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

SUMMARY:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Fiat 500 EV vehicles manufactured March 27, 2012, to November 1, 2014. If the vehicle goes in to limp home mode, incompatible software between Electric Vehicle Control Unit (EVCU) and Battery Pack Control Module (BPCM) may cause the electric propulsion system to fully shut down.

CONSEQUENCE:
An electric propulsion system shut down will cause a stall-like condition, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle software to ensure compatibility between components, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 15, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is R15.

Additional details in recall report below:

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11 Comments on "Fiat 500e Recalled For Possibility Of Electric Propulsion System Shutdown"

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Having to bring your car to a dealership just for a software update seems really “old school” nowadays…
Any other manufacturers that do it like Tesla ?

Sounds like Ford’s Stop Safely Now shut down issue

People jump down my throat when I try to explain why EV software is a tricky thing to write and validate, and even after testing, can still produce undesired behavior. But the reality is, these vehicles require millions of lines of code to function– and not all of it will be perfect in all conditions, all of the time.

These “recalls” or “firware updates” will increase as vehicles become increasingly sophisticated & multi-tasking in the near term.

So, it’s cool that at least Tesla Motor’s understood this early on, and made their cars call home wirelessly for updates– which are a critical, but natural evolutionary progression of a computerized products lifecycle.

Tesla is a silicon valley company that just happens to make a car. Their policies are not based on selling obsoleted ICE machines; but, based on working with state of the art computers. That’s a huge difference.

The best thing about these recalls is that they tell us how many were built. 5660? Wow. That’s a good number of them.

Note that cars sold after Nov 1st 2014 are not included, so the actual number is higher. Check the latest Plug-in Sales Scoreboard at http://insideevs.com/monthly-plug-in-sales-scorecard/

The hidden positive news …

1. recall numbers are useful in confirming delivery numbers.
2. Fiat is learning to design and build better BEVs.

Hopefully Fiat takes these lessons to heart and improves on a pretty nice design. With a great quality engineering design the risk of making and selling large numbers of BEVs is greatly reduced.

Are the recalls why they loose $14k on every 500e sold?

I too wonder why this issue can’t be fixed remotely.

I am still stinging from the fact that the first 10,000 km checkup of my leaf costs $93 and takes 3 hrs! I asked what they will be doing with my car for 3hrs – they have to “monitor” it while it charges to check there is nothing wrong*#?! What does carwings do every night? Why my Leaf requires a 6 monthly 10,000 km checkup when it sends information daily to Nissan I have no idea.

Hey Chris,

I’m afraid the dealer kinda got you. There is early/on going vehicle life suggested check-ups ($), but you can also just ask only for the mandated (and free) “battery check-ups” to keep your warranty active at yearly intervals.

I’ve put a cumulative 150k on several LEAFs since 2010, total dealer bills to date? $5 for a key fob battery – that I didn’t ask for. I was going to complain just to keep the streak alive – but was too sheepish to do it.

Carrie Ann Aldighieri

My car just died as I was backing out of my driveway. The car gave me a notification “Service Electric Propulsion System” My car completely shut down! I called the Fiat Customer Care number and the lady on the phone tells me MY VIN IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RECALL????? I have a 2013 which is part of a recall?? So she says I have to take it in for service and get them to run a “diagnostic”, (and there is no service provider near me. The closest one is 2 hrs. away, and my car wont make it on one charge, let alone risk my life taking it on the freeway and having it shut down in fast traffic). They wont tow it to the dealership 2 hrs. away either! I have to pay for it???? What the hell is wrong with Fiat. What can I do? I feel like I cannot risk driving my car because if it dies like that in fast traffic I am going to get hit by the car behind me!

Carrie Ann Aldighieri

I have had 2 other recalls and they gave me the run around! I just had my computer system “updated” and now this happens!