FCA Releases Scan Tool Position Statement

FCA Releases Scan Tool Position Statement

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC has released a position statement related to the use of scan tools following collisions. In the position statement, FCA states:

"Safety and security related systems, such as antilock brakes, supplemental restraint systems (SRS - air bags), occupant restraint controller (ORC), seat belts, active head restraints, forward facing camera and radar, blind spot monitoring, and other automated electronic driver assistance systems, MUST be tested for fault codes (DTCs) that could be active (current) or stored following a collision. Use of the Mopar wiTECH vehicle diagnostic tester is necessary before and after collision repair."

According to FCA there are a number of conditions that could trigger diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) prior to, or during, collision repairs. This includes vehicles involved in minor collisions and those without an airbag deployment. There are also instances where vehicle disassembly, trim removal, and glass removal could also cause DTCs.

The position statement also provides guidance on ensuring that multistage airbags that have had all inflators deployed.

For the complete bulletin click here.