Fiat Chrysler is adding 62,148 vehicles to its previous Jeep air bag recall. A glitch in certain 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokees could cause the side-curtain and seat-mounted side air bags bags to inadvertently deploy and the fix is a software upgrade.
FCA says most previously reported incidents occurred in harsh, off-road environments, when the air bags, sensing potential rollover conditions, automatically activated. The automaker says there have been no additional incidents and that it’s unaware of any related injuries or accidents. FCA say the newly expanded recall follows a routine review of the originally reported vehicle population by its US engineers.
The software upgrade will recalibrate the threshold for deployment and FCA says the vehicles will remain compliant with all applicable safety regulations. The automaker will will notify affected customers. Software will be available at that time.
The recall involves 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokees. The revised estimate for the U.S. totals 230,240. Revised estimates for other markets are as follows: 28,110 in Canada; 6,367 in Mexico and 52,057 outside the NAFTA region. The revised global total is 316,774 – a difference of 68,593.
Customers with additional concerns or questions may call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.