FCA recalls 1.9M vehicles for defect that affects air bags

The recall affects certain Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Lancia vehicles from the 2010-2014 model years

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DETROIT (WKBN/AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Thursday it’s recalling more than 1.9 million vehicles worldwide because their airbags might not deploy in a crash.

The recall affects certain Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Lancia vehicles from the 2010-2014 model years. Most are in the U.S., but 224,860 were sold in Canada and Mexico and 284,051 were sold outside North America.

FCA says an airbag and seat belt control module with a certain wiring design may not deploy the airbags or tighten the seat belts if the vehicle is involved in a frontal crash, which could increase the risk of injury.

It says it’s aware of three deaths and five injuries that may be related to the issue.

The vehicles involved are:

— 2010 Chrysler Sebring

— 2010 Chrysler Cirrus

— 2011-2014 Chrysler 200

— 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber

— 2010-2014 Dodge Avenger

— 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot

— 2010-2014 Jeep Compass

— 2012-2013 Lancia Flavia

FCA will contact owners and replace the defective parts for free.

“When the parts become available, you get the firm recall that says to bring your car in to your local dealer and as we get supplied the parts, we install them,” said Chuck Eddy, owner of Bob & Chuck Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

The driver side airbag is available to be replaced, but the passenger side airbag is not yet available . Eddy says customers should bring their cars in to have them checked if they’re worried about a safety problem.

The recall is unrelated to General Motors Co.’s recall last week of more than 4 million vehicles with faulty airbag and seat belt modules. In that recall, a software glitch, not a wiring problem, was the issue.

 

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