Defective Airbags and Alternators Lead to Two Separate FCA Recalls
Together, the two recalls affect a total of more than 1.3 million FCA vehicles
Two months ago, FCA issued a recall for more than 1.25 million Ram models due to a safety system error that was discovered in the vehicle. Today, the automaker announced a set of two recalls that roughly match the scope of that previous recall.
More than 1.3 million FCA vehicles worldwide will be recalled due to defective airbags and alternators.
First up, 770,853 FCA vehicles worldwide are set to be recalled due to an inadvertent deployment of front airbags on the driver’s side. While no injuries have been connected to the issue, it has been potentially linked to five minor accidents.
The airbag malfunction seems to originate from wiring that chafes against the steering wheel. This can cause a short-circuit, which in turn may lead to the unintended deployment of the airbags.
Signs that vehicles may be affected include an illuminated air-bag warning light, unintended windshield wiper operations, and inoperable switches. If drivers notice any of these warning signs, they are encouraged to contact their local dealer right away.
In North America, the airbag recall affects Dodge Journey vehicles built between 2011 and 2015. Throughout the rest of the world, Fiat Freemont crossovers built between 2011 and 2015 are also affected.
The second recall is smaller in scope, only involving 565,647 vehicles. However, it affects a wider range of models, including Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Durango vehicles built between 2011 and 2014, as well as 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle models with electro-hydraulic power steering.
This particular recall involves malfunctioning alternators, which lead to a defect with the vehicle’s anti-lock braking and electronic stability control system. Hot ambient temperatures and diode damage connected with the issue could also lead to a potential risk of fire.
According to FCA, the basic braking function of these vehicles is not affected. Two accidents have been connected to the issue, but neither one involved any major injuries.
Signs that vehicles could be affected by the issue include burning odors or smoke. Instrument-cluster warning lights should also activate.
FCA is currently in the process of reaching out to vehicle owners, setting up a schedule for when their vehicles can be repaired. FCA will conduct the repairs for free, including the replacement of the vehicle’s alternators.
If you believe that your vehicle may be affected, then you can reach out to FCA at (800) 853-1403.
News Source: Detroit Free Press