Chrysler has announced four voluntary recall campaigns for about 560,000 vehicles worldwide, each for a separate issue.
The largest recall affects 490,000 vehicles, 442,000 of which are in the U.S. Affected vehicles include the 2011-2013 Chrysler Sebring, 200 and Dodge Avenger midsize cars; 2011-2013 Jeep Liberty SUVs and 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro SUVs. The problem is a faulty microcontroller which may cause the active head restraints to malfunction. Active head restraints move forward in the event of a collision to try and mitigate whiplash.
The next largest recall encompasses 69,000 model year 2013 Ram 1500 pickup trucks. The electronic stability control software will be updated due to the the ESC automatically deactivating itself. An investigation found that this can happen when the transfer case position is changed immediately before the ignition is turned off.
Next up is a recall of 1,060 commercial trucks for a track bar fastener issue. Some of the track bars may have been improperly fasted which can compromise the vehicle’s steering. The recall affects 747 model-year 2013 Ram 4500/5500 trucks in the US, all of which are equipped with four-wheel drive.
Lastly, the brand is calling back 226 model-year 2013 minivans in North America, to replace the airbag control module. The modules may have a fault which can compromise airbag deployment. The recall affects 184 Dodge Grand Caravans and Chrysler Town & Country vans in the U.S.
Chrysler recalls have been prevalent in the news lately after the brand refused to recall about 2.7 million Jeeps after NHTSA requested that they do so. Eventually, Chrysler agreed, though the brand will gives those Jeeps a quick fix by installing trailer hitches on them to make them safer in rear-end collisions.
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