Stellantis (FCA US, LLC) is recalling 114 units of its 2022 Jeep® Compass (MP) C-SUVs, which may have been built with an off-location weld(s) on the front seat head restraint frames. Head restraints that do not meet the strength requirements may result in an increased risk of injury to seat occupants during certain crashes.
The condition described above does not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No.202a. S4.1 requires that “a head restraint that conforms to either S4.2 [static strength] or S4.3 [dynamic strength] of this section must be provided at each front outboard designated seating position.” Vehicles built with a front seat head restraint frame manufactured with an off-location weld may not meet the FMVSS 202a S4.2 static strength requirements.
The suspect period began on Monday, December 27th, 2021, when the first vehicle was produced with an off location weld(s), and ended on Tuesday, December 28th, 2021, when suspect front seat head restraints were no longer used in vehicle production. The suspect period was determined using supplier and vehicle production records. Similar vehicles not included in the recall were built before or after the suspect period or were manufactured with front seat head restraint frames that do not have off-location welds.
- On February 4th, 2022, the FCA US LLC (“FCA US”) Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (“TSRC”)
organization was notified of a potential issue related to off-location welds in some 2022 MY Jeep Compass front seat head restraint frame assemblies.
- On February 10th, 2022, the FCA US TSRC organization opened an investigation based on information provided by FCA US Quality Engineering.
- From February 10th, 2022, through February 24th, 2022, FCA US TSRC met with FCA US engineering and Supplier Operations to review the issue, understand the part design and understand the failure mode.
- From February 24th, 2022, through March 15th, 2022, FCA US TSRC, Engineering, and Supplier Operations
worked in partnership to understand the part processing and determine the suspect population.
- On March 23rd, 2022, the FCA US TSRC organization recognized a vehicle build issue existed on certain vehicles related to the front seat head restraint weld location, potentially causing noncompliance with FMVSS 202a.
Dealers will replace both front seat head restraints, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on Friday, June 3rd, 2022. Owners may contact FCA US LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US, LLC’s number for this recall is Z36.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.