Fiat Chrysler Recalls 257K Vehicles Over Airbag, Fire Risks

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Fiat Chrysler hasn’t exactly been having a great year when it comes to vehicle safety and recalls — from cars that tend to roll away because of confusing gear shifts to a slew of vehicles with airbag issues. Those woes continued today as the carmaker announced two separate recalls — totaling more than 257,000 vehicles — involving airbags that might not deploy and wiring issues that could cause a fire.

Fiat Chrysler will recall 182,308 model year 2016 to 2017 Jeep Wrangler SUVs that contain airbags that may not deploy, and 74,833 model year 2007 to 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups; 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs and model year 2011 to 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuits that contain a fire risk.

According to a notice [PDF] posted with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the affected Jeep Wranglers could contain a wiring defect that would prevent the front airbags from deploying in a crash.

In certain crash conditions, the front impact sensor wiring may be pulled until it detaches before a signal can be received by the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC). If the ORC does not receive a signal from the front impact sensor, both the driver and passenger airbags and seatbelt pretensions will not deploy, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

FCA recalled 1.9 million vehicles — about 1.4 million in the U.S. — of the same reason last month.

The carmaker says that a recall remedy is still under development and no notification scheduled has been released.

In a separate recall, MLive reports, FCA has called back 74,833 Ram and Charger vehicles that could contain a potential alternator issue.

According to FCA, certain alternators supplied to the company could be subject to premature wear.

The company became aware of the issue — which is more common in fleet vehicles, such as company cars and police cruisers — after examining its fleet-vehicle performance.

The premature wear can cause a short-circuit in the alternators, which could then lead to engine stall and/or fire. The company said it is aware of one potentially related injury, but no crashes.

Owners of the vehicles will be notified when they can bring in their vehicles for service. No schedule has been announced.

Fiat Chrysler recalls more than 250,000 vehicles for airbag issue, fire risk [MLive]

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