Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has just announced that has initiated a recall procedure for 300k Dodge Charger vehicles over airbag sensor.
According to the official statement if you slam your door too hard the overly sensitive control module could deploy the side airbag and seat-belt pretensioner.
2011-2014 model year Charger sedans are affected by this issue – mostly those who were manufactured between May 6, 2010, and June 5, 2014. In total we are discussing about 322,078 vehicles: 284,153 in the U.S, 13,169 in Canada 2,484 in Mexico, and 22,272 overseas.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles asks owners to bring the cars to the local dealers where the Occupant Restraint Control module will be recalibrated.
“The car investigation since revealed inadvertent side-curtain air-bag deployment may occur if the vehicles’ doors are kicked or slammed with excessive force. The Company is aware of three potentially related injuries, all described as minor, but no accidents.”
This comes just a week after the automaker has issued a recall regarding 2 million Ram truck over the same issue. So RAM and Charger owners – don’t slam your doors too hard if you don’t want to be slammed by the said airbag!
In case of the RAM recall – according to the official press release, the company is aware of two minor injuries.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is also having cybersecurity problems after just two weeks ago hackers were able to remotely control a 2014 Jeep Cherokee – sending the car into a ditch. The most disturbing maneuver came when the two hackers were able to cut the Jeep’s brakes, living the 2-ton vehicle without any possibility to stop.
So far, a Fiat Chrysler spokeswoman told inautonew.com that the company released a software update to improve vehicle security.