Fiat 500e Models Recalled for Improperly Installed Bolts

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The 2013 Fiat 500e

EPA testing revealed the Fiat 500e returns the electricity equivalent of 108 MPG. (Photo courtesy Chrysler.)

Chrysler announced Wednesday, Aug. 14 that it is recalling some 270 2013 Fiat 500e electric vehicles to repair improperly installed bolts that are supposed to secure the vehicle’s half shafts.

We’ll spare you any undue analysis and let the recall notice do the talking:

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.

As we told you when the car made its debut, the Fiat 500e features a 111-horsepower electric motor drawing its power from batteries that can be recharged in about four hours. It delivers an estimated range of 80 miles, with ranges of 100 miles being possible, at least in theory, when driving in urban environments.

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