Chrysler Recalls Minivans, Cars, SUVs for Air Bag & Head Restraint Issues

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Chrysler is recalling 282,000 minivans from the 2013 model year because the side air bags can deploy on the wrong side in a crash.

Side air bags are supposed to deploy on the side of the vehicle that's involved in a crash. Chrysler says a software problem is causing its air bags to deploy on the opposing side of the vehicle.

Affected models are the Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country and Ram Cargo Van. The campaign involves 224,000 vehicles in the U.S.; 49,300 in Canada; 2,900 in Mexico and 5,300 elsewhere.

Chrysler says it began investigating the issue after a customer complaint. The company says there has been one minor injury related to the defect.

Chrysler will notify affected customers. Dealers will reprogram the software for free.

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Chrysler Group LLC says it will recall about 490,000 cars and utility vehicles worldwide because of a problem with active head restraints intended to prevent neck injuries in rear-end collisions.

The carmaker said Wednesday that microcontrollers in the head restraint could be faulty and prevent the system from operating properly. Chrysler says it is unaware of accidents or injuries related to the problem.

Vehicles affected are the 2011-2013 Chrysler Sebring, 200 and Dodge Avenger midsize cars; 2011-2013 Jeep Liberty SUVs and 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro SUVs.

Chrysler is notifying customers and will replace the component or upgrade software at no cost.


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