Whenever airbags or seat belts are involved in recalls, it's important to get the problem addressed as fast as possible. After all, the timing of a collision isn't up to the driver. With Fiat Chrysler's latest recall, covering more than 1 million vehicles in the US, owners should be paying serious attention.
FCA is recalling 1.4 million vehicles in the US for an issue with seat belts and airbags. The problem spans several models, including the 2010 Chrysler Sebring; the 2011-2014 Chrysler 200; the 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber; the 2010-2014 Dodge Avenger; the 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot; and the 2010-2014 Jeep Compass. Another half a million vehicles outside the US are also involved.
The issue lies with both the airbags and the seat belt pretensioner. If a vehicle is equipped with a specific control module and front impact sensor wiring, the pretensioners and airbags may fail to protect occupants during a crash. Thus far, three deaths and five injuries are reportedly linked to this issue.
Current FCA models no longer use this specific grouping of parts. The fix is likely a replacement of the affected parts, although the automaker didn't specify. It will notify owners directly with instructions on how to proceed. In the meantime, drive safely, although that really extends to everybody, not just FCA owners.