The recall campaign targets older models, which belong to the 2010-2014 model years, and that may have been equipped with a combination of components that could pose an increased potential of occupant injury in the event of an accident. In other words, the airbags may deploy incorrectly or not at all for the affected models.
According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the problem is not a single part, but multiple elements. They referred to the occupant restraint control module and the front impact sensor wiring of a particular design.
The automaker has explained that this configuration is potentially vulnerable in the event of a particular type of accident, so the cars that might have the factors could be dangerous to their occupants if they are crashed. The recall statement mentions that the corporation is aware of three fatalities potentially related to the condition, as well as five injuries.
However, it is necessary to note that not all of the affected models are affected by this problem, because not all of them have the combination of wire routing design or occupant restraint controllers employed. None of the elements described above are used by FCA anymore.
The affected models are the 2010 Chrysler Cirrus, the 2010 Chrysler Sebring, the 2011-2014 Chrysler 200, the 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber, the 2010-2014 Dodge Avenger, and the 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot and Compass SUVs. The 2012-2013 Lancia Flavia, which is built on a Chrysler platform, is also affected.
As usual, the recall action will be performed free of charge for customers that have the affected vehicles. If you have a question about the recall, you may call Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US Customer Care Center at (800) 853-1403.
Clients outside of the USA can refer to their local authorized importers if they have one of the potentially affected vehicles build in the specified model years.