Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is voluntarily recalling over 1.2 million older-model vehicles to replace the airbag covers on their steering wheels. An FCA investigation discovered these vehicles are equipped with certain clips, that are no longer in use, may loosen, or disengage over time. If these things happen and there is a driver-side airbag deployment, the clips and/or plastic emblems they are meant to secure may act as projectiles.
According to FCA, they are aware of 14 potentially related injuries, none of which involved occupants of front-passenger or rear seats. The recall is limited to the following vehicles…
- 2007 to 2011 Dodge Nitro
- 2008 to 2010 Chrysler Town & Country
- 2008 to 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
FCA will begin mailing recall notices to registered vehicle owners starting next month. FCA is strongly advising owners against tampering with the emblems located in the center of their vehicle’s steering wheels. The airbags associated with this recall where not supplied by Takata.
Customers with additional questions or concerns can call (800) 853-1403. According to records, there are an estimated 925,239 vehicles affected by the recall in the United States. An additional 188,249 vehicles in Canada, 24,139 vehicles in Mexico, and 66,120 vehicles outside North America are also associated with the recall.