While it seems like every vehicle has recalls every now and then, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has had many issues with recalls. The automaker filed their recent one with NHTSA in October because of the powertrain control module on the popular minivan.
The Issue Explained
When the Pacifica engine attempts to take over from its hybrid powertrain, Chrysler claims it can mis-synchronize a full 360 degrees out of its phase. Therefore, the electric motor continues to spin, which causes the engine to continue taking in fuel. Unburned fuel makes its way to the catalyst, which could ignite during the right conditions.
The current recall covers over 10,000 units of the plug-in version of the hybrid minivan, which was built for the 2018 and 2017 model years. If you own such a vehicle, you might receive a recall notice starting December 8, 2018. Chrysler expects to officially begin the recall on that date, though it may take months to get all the recall notices out to consumers.
The automaker or one if its authorized dealers can update the powertrain control module and inspect your catalytic converter for signs of issue. If necessary, a technician can replace the catalytic converter if it is faulty. Make sure you pay attention to recall notices like this and get your car checked out as soon as possible to stay safe on the road.