Fiat Chrysler US has just issued two recalls involving some 894,000 vehicles due to issues with the airbags and brake. Both recalls involve certain SUV models from Jeep and Dodge.
The recall issued on the Jeep brand affects the 2004 model of Jeep Grand Grand Cherokee and 2003 model of Jeep Liberty. This is due to the inadvertent deployment of air bag in the front or side curtain of the affected vehicles.
According to the Safety Recall Report, they have already been reported inadvertent deployment incidents involving one Jeep Liberty and six Grand Cherokee vehicles. Some of the vehicle occupants experienced minor injuries as a result. However, Fiat Chrysler says it is not aware of any vehicle crashes related to this airbag issue, so far.
According to Fiat Chrysler, the inadvertent deployment the side air bags, front air bags as well as seat belt pretensioner, while the vehicle is running is due to electrical noise that is beyond the tolerance of the air bag electronic control module (ECM). This causes a component in the ECM to fail and cause the air bags and seat belt pretensioner to suddenly deploy. In the US, there are 284,089 vehicles affected by this recall.
Moreover, Bloomberg reports that some 13,411 affected vehicles are in Canada, while 6,227 are in Mexico and 48,212 are outside North America. Fiat Chrysler says it shall send notification to owners and dealers and provide replacements for the airbag electronic control module as well as the front and/or side impact sensors free of charge.
Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler US also recently issued a recall involving several model years of the Dodge Journey SUV due to the possible disabling of its Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and/or Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system as a result of possible water intrusion in the ABS module. This, in turn, can increase the risk of a crash. Some 275,614 Dodge Journey vehicles are affected in the US. Meanwhile, there are 78,148 affected vehicles in Canada, 36,471 in Mexico and 151,476 outside North America. This brings the total number of affected Dodge Journeys to 541,709.
The affected Dodge Journey model years are from 2012 to 2015. According to the Safety Recall Report, a recall is needed so that Fiat Chrysler can seal the ground eyelets with dual wall heat shrink and repair the headlamp and dash wiring harness of the affected vehicle if necessary. This is because water migration through the ground wire case is currently possible and this, in turn, can disable the ABS and ESC systems without warning. Fiat Chrysler says it shall be doing the repairs free of charge.