Jeep Patriot models built between 2010 and 2012 were affected by one of more than 20 Fiat Chrysler recalls over the past two years.

Washington DC - US auto safety regulators have announced that they will hold a public hearing on whether Fiat Chrysler failed to fix defects in 20 recalls over the past two years.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration head Mark Rosekind said “significant questions have been raised” as to whether the automaker was meeting its obligations for recall repairs.

“It is not enough to identify defects. Manufacturers have to fix them,” he said.

Fiat Chrysler representatives will testify at a hearing on 2 July about recalls carried out between 2013 and 2015. Other witnesses will include US safety regulators and consumers.

‘MISINFORMATION’

The NHTSA said in recent months it found problems with the “administration, execution and pace” of fixes to Fiat Chrysler vehicles.

Consumers have also complained of poor parts availability, difficulty obtaining appointments and “misinformation” from dealers, it said.

Secretary of transportation Anthony Fox said: “Any auto defect that compromises the safety of our driving public is unacceptable. Car manufacturers are obligated to effectively remedy safety defects when they are discovered, and if they fail in that responsibility, we are obligated to act.”

Possible penalties on Fiat Chrysler include requiring the automaker to buy back or replace vehicles, the agency said.

The agency also issued an order requiring Fiat Chrysler to provide documents related to the probe by 1 June.

AFP

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