Fiat Chrysler recalling 297000 vehicles for inadvertent air bag deployments

An FCA US investigation led to the discovery of a condition that may lead to inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag.

The recall will begin in July and includes 88,000 vehicles in Canada.

If this occurs, the metal may rub through the wire insulation creating a short, which could result in the driver airbag deploying inadvertently. FCA says that it has received reports of eight injuries that may be related to the problem, but no reports of collisions.

Today's recall centers around a sweetheart of the segment, the Dodge Grand Caravan.

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan

The company said it will reach out to customers to let them know when they can schedule to get their minivan fixed, which will be a free service. The unexpected deployment of the driver's airbag could increase the risk of a crash or injury to the driver.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the airbag wiring within the steering wheel and replace it as necessary. A protective cover will also be installed.

Since then, the automaker has gone on to recall every single Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid model delivered so far, due to malfunctioning diodes that prevent vehicle propulsion.

  • Zachary Reyes