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Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.9 Million Vehicles over Air Bag Issues

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Italian-U.S. automaker, has announced that some of its vehicles equipped with a specific occupant restraint control system and front-impact sensors can fail to activate seat belt and air bag restrains in certain types of crashes.

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.9 Million Vehicles over Air Bag Issues

In spite of the recall, the carmaker no longer uses the parts that were initially installed in affected vehicles, according to a statement issued by the company.

The vehicles under recall include the 2011-2014 Chrysler 200, 2010 Chrysler Sebring, the 2010-2014 Dodge Avenger midsize cars, 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot, Compass sport-utilities, 2010-2014 Dodge Avenger midsize cars and the 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber compact cars.

In Mexico, the 2010 Chrysler Cirrus compact cars are affected while outside North America, the 2012-2013 Lancia Flavia midsize vehicles have been recalled.

Last week only, General Motors Co. recalled as many as 4.3 million vehicles whose software was defective and could potentially cause seat belts and airbags to fail. This particular problem was tied to three injuries and one death.

The Detroit carmaker noticed the problem through an internal initiative that encourages employees to reports safety issues with the company’s cars. For more than a decade, GM had failed to recall millions of cars with problematic switches that have been associated with 124 deaths so far.

In the case of GM, a sensor module can activate a test improperly under specific conditions, therefore preventing air bags and seat belts from deploying.

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Front collision problems

In a statement, Fiat Chrysler explained that frontal collisions have seen air bags and seat belt restraints fail to deploy in affected vehicles. The company further reported that it has not found this problem in side or rear collisions.

The company said that it found out about the problem when analyzing vehicle data and crashes.

Fiat Chrysler is one of the carmakers facing increasing regulatory scrutiny. Last year, the company incurred financial penalties resulting from recall lapses for millions of vehicles.

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