Chrysler announced it will recall 840, 000 vehicles globally, due to flawed active-restraint head rests.
Most of the 840,000 vehicles will be recalled in the US, but there are five different recalls which include 282,000 minivans recalled for possible air bag issues and 50,000 cars and SUVs for the active-restraint head rest problem. Although Chrysler has improved its safety results over the past years, according to the Consumer Reports, the automaker has issued 12 different recalls since the beginning of June, involving almost 4 million vehicles.
Eric Mayne, Chrysler spokesman, said that the recalls are “an indication of our aggressive quality-control protocol.” The automaker said that three accidents and one minor injury have been reported due to the air bag problem in the minivans, but no injuries have been reported regarding the head rest issue.
Among the 840,000 vehicles to be recalled, 490,000 units have potentially faulty micro computer components for the head rests, which should move forward in case of rear-end accidents. The recall includes 2011-2013 Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200 and Jeep Liberty vehicles and 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro SUVs.
“The potentially faulty microcontrollers were installed in a supplied component,” Chrysler said in a statement. “They entered the supply chain after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a worldwide microcontroller shortage.”
The automaker said that it will upgrade a power module to fix the issue. The recall affects 442,000 vehicles in the US, 10,000 units in Mexico, 25,000 units in Canada and 12,000 units outside North America.