In the wake of the largest automotive recall in history due to faulty Takata airbags, Fiat Chrysler is now issuing a recall of Dodge Chargers made in 2011-2014 for another airbag defect, according to Autoweek on August 3.
A defect in manufacturing causes the side airbag to suddenly deploy when the door is slammed or kicked closed. Around 300,000 cars are affected by the recall in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that “heavy road inputs” may also cause the airbags to deploy. Previously, Fiat Chrysler had the same airbag defect in their Ram trucks.
The company is aware of at least three separate instances of the side-curtain airbag deploying and causing injury. All cases of injuries were minor in nature. However, this type of defect has the potential to cause serious accidents and injuries if the airbags were to deploy while the car was in motion.
The defective part can be replaced at the dealer level since the fix requires a recalibration of the Occupant Restraint Control. The replacement service will be free of charge to customers.
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