Detroit, MI — October 07, 2015 — Inadvertently deployed airbags aren’t just inconvenient, but dangerous as well. According to a recall acknowledgement posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (FCA US) has instituted a new airbag-related recall that may affect as many as 284,153 Dodge Chargers. In these vehicles, something as common as slamming a door could cause side airbags to inflate. This could also be triggered by what the safety recall report terms “kick events or heavy road inputs.”
The actual source of the fault is sensitive impact sensor calibrations, and the effects could also include activating seat belt pre-tensioners. The report also states that a mere 1 percent of the entire vehicle population is estimated to have the defect, and while the majority of the cars are distributed among the United States, several thousand others are in Canada, Mexico and other countries. Despite this varied area, the recall concerns just one make and model year range: Chargers from between 2011 and 2014.
Unlike some similar recalls, there have reportedly been some incidents connected to this danger. The Associated Press said that the manufacturer has acknowledged “three potentially related injuries,” which, although minor, indicate some of the possible seriousness of this fault. The report doesn’t indicate a timeframe for this recall, but does state that the fix will involve updating calibration.
“To ensure consistency, FCA US, as part of the owner letter, will request that customers send the original receipt and/or other adequate proof of payment to the company for confirmation of the expense,” it reads.
When a vehicle fault is tied to an easy trigger or occurrence, the best course of action is a comprehensive recall solution that communicates this properly.