Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is recalling 284,153 Dodge Chargers for an airbag flaw, a week after the company agreed to pay a record penalty for lagging efforts to address safety defects in millions of cars and trucks.
The action affects four-door Chargers built from May 6, 2010, through June 5, 2014, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website Saturday.
The defect could lead side airbag inflatable curtains and seat airbags to deploy unexpectedly, raising the risk of crash and injury. Airbags could inflate if the car door is slammed too hard, or following “heavy road inputs,” NHTSA said.
As of July 10, the company was aware of three minor injuries and no accidents potentially related to the issue. Fiat Chrysler hasn’t yet set a notification schedule.
Fiat Chrysler on July 27 agreed to pay a $105 million penalty and instigate a corrective action plan following a U.S. Department of Transportation investigation into how the company handled 23 different recalls to fix defects in more than 11 million cars and trucks.
The company agreed to hire an independent monitor to oversee future recalls. As part of the agreement with regulators, Fiat Chrysler agreed to buy back more than a half-million vehicles — mostly Ram pickup trucks — whose defective suspension parts could cause a loss of control, according to NHTSA.
Fiat Chrysler estimates more than 60 percent of those vehicles have already been repaired, leaving fewer than 200,000 eligible for a buy-back.
General Motors is recalling 82,620 Cadillac ATS sedans and issuing a stop sale on the vehicle for issues with the power sunroof.
GM already had recalled 67,000 ATS sedans in February for the same issue — power sunroofs that can auto-close when the non-recessed portion of the “slide” or “tilt” switches are pressed and the roof panel is open.
When these switches are not fully recessed, they can be activated with less force than is required to comply with federal standards.
The new recall replaces the initial one and now covers ATS sedans from the 2013-16 model years. It covers 63,665 vehicles in the U.S. and 18,955 in Canada, Mexico and other areas.
An inefficient replacement part was used to remedy the original recall, so even those vehicles already repaired must be fixed again, a GM spokesman said.
GM is not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths linked to the issue. The stop sale covers 7,000 vehicles in the U.S. and will be lifted once the service bulletin is completed.
All information related to both recalls can be found on the NHTSA recall website.