Chrysler recalls almost 667,000 vehicles due to passenger safety restraints issue.
The automaker will make two recalls, as they do not involve the same models or parts. This new recall was hardly the kind of news the US automaker needed, after it recently was forced by the NHTSA to recall 2.7 million Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty SUVs, although the car maker said that the vehicles are as safe as any other vehicles on the US roads.
One of the new recalls affects 224,254 units of 2013-model Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Ram C/V Tradesman minivans manufactured between May 10th, 2012 and June 7th, 2013. The recall is due to an electrical polarity issue which might cause the wrong side-impact airbags to inflate in case of a side crash.
This means that if the vehicle would be hit on the right side, the left-side airbags would inflate, and the other way round. So the occupants on the crash side would be left with no airbags to absorb the impact and the occupants on the opposite side of the crash could be pushed on the side with the crash impact. Chrysler says that dealers will perform a simple reprogramming of the airbag system, free of charge, to solve the issue. The recall will start in August.
The second recall involves 442,481 units of 2011-2013 Chrysler Sebring and Chrysler 200, 2011-2013 Dodge Avenger, 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro SUVs and 2011-2012 Jeep Liberty SUVs. The recall is due to a problem with the micro-controllers which might prevent the active head restraints on the front seats from slightly moving forward in a rear crash, to minimize whiplash injuries. The recall starts in August and dealers will replace the control module or reprogram a control system.