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Just re-read the manual. It says to remove the cover with a small screwdriver or similar tool. So FCA had the right intention but the design allows for something much larger. The manual also has plenty of warnings such as making sure the brake pedal is fully depressed and the parking brake is set, or the vehicle is securely connected to the tow vehicle, prior to manually releasing from Park.
 

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The recall date of manufacture starts with June 15th 2016. Well my Pacifica was manufactured in May of 2016.
Interesting. Something may be a typo -- the NHTSA posting says (my highlight)
The suspect period was established as 2017-2018 RU vehicles built at Windsor Assembly Plant ("WAP")
between the Start of Production (“SOP”) of the 2017 MY, June 15, 2016, to April 6, 2018, when FCA US LLC (“FCA US”) began using redesigned Plugs with a higher pullout force.....

Was your van built in Windsor? Is a prototype? or the NHTSA date wrong? That sentence implies the first vans came off the production line June 15, 2016.....

and BTW, I don't know how persistent FCA is on recalls. My daughter has been dragging her heels on taking a day off to to attend to a Honda recall (parking brake?) and we get regular robocalls, emails and snail mail.
 

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Interesting. Something may be a typo -- the NHTSA posting says (my highlight)
The suspect period was established as 2017-2018 RU vehicles built at Windsor Assembly Plant ("WAP")
between the Start of Production (“SOP”) of the 2017 MY, June 15, 2016, to April 6, 2018, when FCA US LLC (“FCA US”) began using redesigned Plugs with a higher pullout force.....

Was your van built in Windsor? Is a prototype? or the NHTSA date wrong? That sentence implies the first vans came off the production line June 15, 2016.....

and BTW, I don't know how persistent FCA is on recalls. My daughter has been dragging her heels on taking a day off to to attend to a Honda recall (parking brake?) and we get regular robocalls, emails and snail mail.
Probably is a typo then. The SOP for 2017 MY was February 29, 2016 based on an old article announcing the start of production. All were built in Windsor.
 

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Do you have a picture of the panel? From the first description, I thought you were talking about the big panel that would be near your left knee while driving. That panel would take quite a force to pull it lose.
If you put your left hand upside down between the light switch section and the steering wheel, your middle finger will point at the small square that the recall is about. It is about 5-6 inches below the bend in the main trim piece.

In the Owner's Manual in the section "In case of Emergency", the "Manual Park Release" section has a diagram onp. 504 in one manual, but I know that the page numbers vary in different versions of the manuals. I couldn't figure out how to paste the diagram to the forum post.
 

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Full Adobe Acrobat. I extracted the two pages from the downloaded manuals as separate files and then used the program called IRFANVIEW to change the PDF files into jpgs. The PDF files were too big because of the 20 megabyte limit.

If you don't have an Acrobat editor, you can use "print to PDF"on a newer Windows machine to get each each page separately or there are other free programs that will print to PDF.

You still need desktops or full laptops for some things... I don't think you can do this on a phone or tablet.

But if you want to be creative you could have printed the two pages out and taken pictures of them. Not sure how clear that would be.
 

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IRFANVIEW is a free program that's incredibly useful for converting from one format to another. It can also crop and do some other basic editing tasks, create thumbnail sheets Etc
 

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Bought my Pacifica this past Saturday, June 23rd. When getting ready to sign the bottom line, the dealer informed me I could not drive the new shiny Pac home until they could address this recall matter. Had a loaner until Monday... was kind of a bummer not to be able to drive my new Pac out on late Saturday, but understand the reason. Funny thing was I had mentioned this recall to the Salesman as I had already rcvd the recall info from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration; the Salesperson didn't know anything about it at that point.


For what it's worth, one may subscribe to get recall notifications on any type of vehicle you have (I can tell a few here have already) by going to
https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and signing up (currently you have to scroll down until you find the "sign up" button/link). Once you've entered your info, you may select the type of vehicle you have. You can also get info on tire recalls if you wish. Drive safe, drive happy, drive a Pacifica!
 

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Found the link. (Actually related to my post on this thread, but it applies here too)
https://www.pacificaforums.com/forum/482-chrysler-pacifica-minivan-recalls/37282-recall-cruise-control-9.html#post512898


https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2018/RCAK-18V332-2084.pdf

Please be reminded that under 49 U.S.C. § 30112(a)(3), it is illegal for a manufacturer, to sell, offer for sale, import, or introduce or deliver into interstate commerce, a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment that contains a safety defect once the manufacturer has notified NHTSA about that safety defect. This prohibition does not apply once the motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment has been remedied according to the manufacturer's instructions.

 

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I saw CR website published a new recall for Pacifica yesterday.

“Chrysler Pacifica Minivan Is Recalled for a Rollaway Issue
A faulty part makes it too easy to disengage a safety feature”

Here is the link

https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/chrysler-pacifica-minivan-recalled-for-rollaway-issue/


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I wonder what is needed to refuse a recall. Because I guess the next time you go to service your Pacifica they will try to do the recall too, so can you officially refuse a recall?
 

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That's kinda sneaky of them to tell you right before you signed. I guess it's better than after you signed! Did they give you a loaner indefinitely or did you have to return it?

My local dealers are either incompetent/oblivious to these recall-related sell stops, or purposefully unforthcoming on the matter until the papers are signed. I understand there's likely a different software patch for each model, but they are supposed to be professionals. They should know their stuff just as well as us mere forum lurkers. :mad:
Yes I had to return the loaner. In fact, I was happy to return the Jeep Journey. I did feel as if I knew more about the Pacifica line then the young sales person...to the point I said something wrong just to see if he would correct me, or question it...which he didn't. I've learned more in these threads then I could from him. I already knew about the recall as I had already subscribed to the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (nhtsa.gov) for the Pacifica line.


Bottom line is I'm happy with my PACLIM. The kid (err salesperson) was lucky enough to be the one who welcomed me when I drove in expressing and interest in a new Pacifica.. resulting in him being able to help support himself. We both won.
 

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I wonder what is needed to refuse a recall. Because I guess the next time you go to service your Pacifica they will try to do the recall too, so can you officially refuse a recall?
The car is your property, not that of FCA or the government. Just tell them not to do it, and they won’t.

I won’t let them do mine unless I get to keep the old plug. I like not having to use a screwdriver to pull mine if I need to.
 

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No, they think minivan owners often have children who like to pry at things and might set the van rolling.

By the way, the hybrids don't have the emergency park release. The little plastic thingy is there but it isn't attached to anything.
Children? What are those? And why if they are so problematic would anyone want any? :D All kidding aside, kids in a vehicle need to be supervised and trained to stay out of the drivers seat. Just a few weeks ago at a Cars and Coffee, a guy brought his two small sons with him (maybe 7 and 9 years old) and while he was busy bragging about all his mods and doodads on his Mustang, his kids were all over the car like they were at a playground. The car was on a slight incline and I was watching them bounce around and one was in the drivers seat and the car was a manual without the brake set. The boy managed to take the car out of gear and it started to roll towards a Porsche parked across the aisle. Fortunately a gentleman near them was able to push against the front of the Mustang stopping it.
 

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....The boy managed to take the car out of gear and it started to roll towards a Porsche parked across the aisle....
As they say with kids & pools, watch every second.

How many times a month is there a news article about someone leaving the kids in the car with the engine running to run into a store and the car is stolen with the children in it?

Well over 30 years ago, my sister-in-law thought the kids were safely immobilized in their car seats. She realized she left something in the house, and. leaving the engine running for whatever reason (probably A/C,) dashed into the house for probably less than 2 minutes retrieve it. One of my nephews unbuckled his car seat, climbed into the front, and put the car in gear (this is long before you had to step on the brake to move the stick.) Through the garage door, through the garage and rec room and out into the backyard the car rolled. Fortunately, no one was hurt and there was no structural damage to the house. But they had just moved in and she immediately got to meet all the neighbors.

When designing / modifying things as an engineer (and writing software,) I tried to always think of how can someone screw this up and make it unsafe - especially when trying to save time? You would be astonished at the things people routinely do. In one country (not the U.S.,) we had to figure out how to prevent locomotive engineers from putting the locomotive in reverse instead of using the brakes to slow down, which could ruin the electric motors. In other cases crews would work to disable or fool the "dead man" control which would bring a train to halt if the engineer wasn't paying attention or fell asleep or had a medical emergency.

Beyond the technical/legal reason, this recall is for the oblivious and careless. There are too many of them who routinely fall into this category, but even the best of us can fall into the over familiarity pit, especially when tired or distracted (and I am not talking about texting.)
 

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Oh Heavens!! DON;T do that!! In an accident, screwdrivers in the front drawer can become flying lethal weapons, or maybe put Ralphie Parker's eye out!! If CR finds out about this they will demand that a special "certified screwdriver safety holding container" be installed immediately. :surprise::surprise::surprise::surprise:

Corollary question for the bulb experts: which LED is the best one to replace the bulb in a leg lamp?:wink2:
Silly, LED's don't get hot enough to release tongues from frozen poles.
 

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The car is your property, not that of FCA or the government. Just tell them not to do it, and they won’t.

I won’t let them do mine unless I get to keep the old plug. I like not having to use a screwdriver to pull mine if I need to.
I did not want to argue but when I asked not to do this recall the dealer said that they can't do that. So they did the two pending recalls. :(
 

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I did not want to argue but when I asked not to do this recall the dealer said that they can't do that. So they did the two pending recalls. :(
Wow. I'm a pretty calm guy who tries hard to respect everyone, but I'd go through the roof before allowing someone to perform work on my car that I refused. To me that's like a plumber breaking into your house because you've got a dripping faucet.

I suppose you should find a small screwdriver to keep in the van now.
 

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Wow. I'm a pretty calm guy who tries hard to respect everyone, but I'd go through the roof before allowing someone to perform work on my car that I refused. To me that's like a plumber breaking into your house because you've got a dripping faucet.

I suppose you should find a small screwdriver to keep in the van now.
I wont drive a car if I do not have a small tool kit on it. So this whole thing did not bother me too much. In another hand, you have to be in their shoes. If you refuse to do the recall and they do not have it well documented with your signature and witnesses, etc, in the case of an accident where you may die somebody can come after then saying that they did not perform the recall. :wink2:
 
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