Fiat Recalls More Than 1.9 Million Cars — Are You Affected?

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Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automotive  (FCA) is recalling 1.9 million vehicles across the world because their airbags may not deploy in case of a crash.

The recall affects certain models from FCA's Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Lancia brands from the 2010–2014 model year lineups.

Almost 1.4 million of the recalled cars were sold in the United States while 224,860 were sold in Canada and Mexico and 284,051 were sold in markets outside the North American continent.

The vehicles affected by the recall are:

  • 2010 Chrysler Sebring
  • 2010 Chrysler Cirrus 
  • 2011-2014 Chrysler 200
  • 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber
  • 2010-2014 Dodge Avenger
  • 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot
  • 2010-2014 Jeep Compass
  • 2012-2013 Lancia Flavia
According to the FCA group, an air-bag and seat-belt control module with a certain wiring design may not deploy the air bags or tighten the seat belts if the vehicle is involved in a frontal crash. This could increase the risk of injury to passengers in case of a crash.
FCA is aware of the issue and is asking owners of the affected vehicles to bring them to into their nearest FCA dealership where the defective parts will be replaced for free.
Fiat Chysler Automotive is aware of three deaths and five injuries that may be related to the issue.
The FCA recall is not related to GM's recall of over 4.3 million cars for fautly airbag and seatbelt systems. The GM problem can be fixed with a software patch, while the FCA issue needs hardware replacements. 

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