Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 27,600 units of the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans from the 2017 to 2020 model years over problems with the 12-volt battery connection that could cause a fire.
The company, however, clarified in a statement that high-voltage batteries and electrified propulsion systems in the minivans are not affected by the issue. Moreover, gasoline-powered Pacifica vans are likewise in the clear.
The 12-volt battery equipped in the vehicle is in charge of bringing power to some auxiliary features of the minivan such as the radio and remote garage-door opener. If a part of the battery connection corrodes, it may cause a fire.
According to FCA, the problem has already led to a few fire incidents in Minnesota and Canada. One minor injury has also been reported.
Chrysler urges owners of the affected Pacifica hybrid minivans to avoid parking their vehicles inside structures due to the risk of a fire. Wet items and liquids should also not be placed where they could spill into the second row of the van.
Chrysler said it will start sending out notifications to customers in the week of June 22. Owners of affected vehicles are advised to have their minivans inspected by a dealer for any form of corrosion.