In July, 2017, Fiat Chrysler issued two recalls affecting more than 1.3 million of their vehicles worldwide. The first recall was for defective air bags and the second was for an issue with anti-lock brakes.
Air bag recall: While Chrysler was quick to point out that no injuries have been associated with the air bag recall, they acknowledged five potentially related minor accidents. A company statement said that certain crossover vehicles are affected and that the issue is caused by wiring that may “chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim, potentially causing a short-circuit,” the company said. “This may lead to a second short-circuit that is potentially capable of generating inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag.”
The airbag recall affects 770,853 vehicles worldwide, including certain 2011-2015 Dodge Journeys sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. If drivers of any of these vehicle models experience an activated air-bag warning light, inadvertent wiper operation, or switches that won’t work they should contact their dealer immediately.
Anti-lock brake recall: Chrysler has identified two accidents potentially linked to the anti-lock brake defect, but no injuries. A statement released by the company said that the “defect can compromise the vehicles’ anti-lock braking system and electronic stability control, although basic brake function is not affected.”
The anti-lock brake recall affects 565,647 vehicles; recalled vehicles will have their alternators replaced. Vehicle models include certain 2011-2014 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans, Dodge Challenger coupes, Dodge Durango SUVs and 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs equipped with electro-hydraulic power steering. If a driver in any of the affected vehicles sees smoke or an instrument-cluster warning light, or smells a burning odor they should contact their dealer immediately.
If you believe that your vehicle may be on the recall list but you have not been notified directly by mail, contact your local dealer who will be repairing recalled vehicles for no charge.
Product liability law
Defective and dangerous products cause thousands of injuries every year. If you were involved in a car crash caused by a defective part, contact a product liability lawyer today; he or she may be able to help you recover damages for your injury.
In successful product liability cases, a product manufacturer, distributor or seller is held liable for the injuries caused by the defective or dangerous product. Product liability laws vary by state but generally require that a product meet ordinary consumer expectations that a product be free of defects or dangers. When a product fails to meet this threshold, it could end up as part of a product liability lawsuit.
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