A new week, a new recall for FCA. Fiat Chrysler is recalling 280,000 Dodge Charger models from years 2011-2014, to fix problem side airbags. This isn’t related to the Takata air bag recall, but it is a similar issue to one that prompted FCA to recall 1.7 million Ram trucks last month.
The Charger recall comes after the automaker discovered that the side airbags could inadvertently deploy if the doors are “kicked or slammed with excessive force.” FCA says it is aware of three minor injuries linked to the recall, but says no crashes have been blamed on the defect.
In the United States, the recall covers 284,153 Charger sedans.
FCA’s fix will be recalibrating the sedan’s control module. No timeframe yet for the recall campaign, so until the fault has been fixed, FCA is warning owners “to exercise caution when closing doors.”
Here’s the information from the NHTSA recall website.
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured May 6, 2010, to June 5, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the side impact sensor calibrations may be overly sensitive, and as a result, the side air bag inflatable curtains and seat air bags may unexpectedly deploy and the seat belt pre-tensioners may activate.
Air bags that unexpectedly deploy increase the risk of a crash or injury.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the Occupant Restraint Control module calibration, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is R35.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.