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Fiat Chrysler Issues Dodge Charger Recall Due To Air Bags

Fiat Chrysler Issues Dodge Charger Recall Due To Air Bags
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Fiat Chrysler Issues Dodge Charger Recall Due To Air Bags

Major automaker Fiat Chrysler has just issued another round of vehicle recall, following its previous recall of as much as 11 million vehicles that led to a $105 million civil penalty.

This time, the recall is aimed at the Dodge Charger vehicles that were manufactured between May 6, 2010 and June 5, 2014.

According to a copy of the Recall Acknowledgement by the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as much as 284,153 vehicles are affected by the recent recall.

Overly sensitive side impact sensor calibrations

It was found that 2011 to 2014 models of the Dodge Charger have side impact sensor calibrations that may be “overly sensitive,” causing the air bag inflatable curtains and seat air bags to suddenly deploy without warning. This means that slamming the car doors can possibly activate the air bags in the affected Dodge Chargers.

(Read also: Kraft recalls selected cheese products)

Moreover, it is also possible that the car’s seatbelt pre-tensioners may unexpectedly activate as a result. This can lead to serious injuries or even worse, vehicle crash.

Affected cars in the US and Canada

Furthermore, Reuters reports that 284,153 of the Charger sedans are actually in the United States, while some 13,169 of the affected vehicles are in Canada. Meanwhile, 2,484 are in Mexico and 22,272 are outside North America.

Fiat Chrysler has said that the Company is also aware of “three potentially related injuries” related to the affected Dodge Charger. Moreover, the said injuries have been described as minor and no accidents have, so far, been reported.

Meanwhile, Time reports that Fiat Chrysler’s latest recall is actually similar to it’s recent recall involving more than 800,000 Dodge Ram trucks.

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