Of the 1.9 million affected units, the United States gets the biggest share – 1.4 million vehicles across FCA brands – as it becomes possible for the airbag and seatbelt pre-tensioner to become unusable during an accident.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ahs announced a worldwide recall of approximately 1, 908, 911 vehicles because under certain conditions the airbags and seatbelt pretensioners might not work – this is a critical issue as the automaker has learned there are three fatalities and five injuries with possible connections to the problem. There are an estimated 1.4 million affected vehicles in the US alone, 142,959 of them in Canada, 81,901 in Mexico, and 284,051 outside North America. The models affected are as follows: 2010 Chrysler Sebring; 2011-2014 Chrysler 200; 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber; 2010-2014 Dodge Avenger; 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot; 2010-2014 Jeep Compass;
2010 Chrysler Cirrus in Mexico and 2012-2013 Lancia Flavia outside of North America.
“The condition may occur when vehicles equipped with a particular occupant restraint control module and front impact sensor wiring of a specific design, are involved in certain collisions. If all these factors are present, there may be an increased potential for occupant injury,” commented the company on the issue. The company hasn’t been using anymore the affected parts and wire routing – and has decided to announce customers soon when they will be able to conduct a repair because the details of the campaign are still being finalized.