Chrysler announced this morning that it was recalling more than a half-million trucks and SUVs as part of two callbacks for malfunctioning fuel heaters and a software glitch. Consumer experts say possible fires could be linked to the bad fuel heaters, and electronic stability can be compromised by the software glitch.
To date, 6.4 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide in 2014, one of the worst consumer records in history.
The fuel heater recall impacts nearly 382,000 pickups: the 2010-2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and 4500 and 5550 chassis cabs.
A second recall impacts more than 184,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from 2014.
Meanwhile, Chrysler's vice president of quality, Doug Betts, has resigned after Consumer Reports
released a study that indicated the Chrysler brand's reliability had declined.