Although no deaths have been reported from the defect, one of the 19 complaints involved a single-car, front-end collision with injuries. In that incident, a Belleview, Florida driver crashed into a concrete wall head-on at 50 MPH, with the front airbag failing to deploy.
Although this latest recall adds to the list of airbag-related defects, it does not appear to be connected to the massive recall from Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata, which has affected 11 automakers and an estimated 50 million vehicles worldwide.
Japanese airbag manufacturer, Takata, is set to launch a large-scale advertising campaign urging those affected by recalled airbags to schedule repair or replacement.
While it might not affect 11 million customers like Fiat-Chrysler’s 23 separate auto recalls, the consequences for those that own some John Deere tractors could be just as hazardous. The company has announced a recall on nearly 2,100 riding lawn tractors, including 370 in Canada, over a potential brake lever arm malfunction. According to a
August is beginning to look like a continuation of July for embattled automaker Fiat-Chrysler, as the company announced on Saturday that it is recalling 322,000 Dodge Chargers from model years 2011-2014. The recall comes after the company received 25 complaints of unintended side-curtain airbag deployments when the doors had been kicked or slammed forcefully. According
7/28/2015 The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the nation’s top auto-regulator, released additional details surrounding its consent order with Fiat-Chrysler involving 23 separate recalls. The agency is requiring the company to buy back Dodge Ram pickups and other Dodge and Chrysler SUV’s involved in three of the recalls due to the agency’s inability to
7/26/2015 Multiple sources are reporting that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) will issue Fiat-Chrysler a record $105 million fine for its lax response to 23 separate recalls involving over 11 million vehicles. The NHTSA conducted a public hearing earlier in the month regarding the company’s multiple safety issues, its first such hearing in
7/20/2015 Auto safety became political last week on Capitol Hill as lawmakers debated a series of attachments to a transportation bill to be presented next month. Much of the debate went along partisan lines, with the Republican majority blocking several key measures surrounding the massive auto recall epidemic that has plagued the industry over the
7/17/2015 Deputy administrator David Friedman, who oversaw the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) through the majority of its most challenging year ever, left the agency on Friday to take a position at the U.S. Energy Department. Former NHTSA head David Strickland left the agency in January 2014 to join Venable LLP, a law firm
7/16/2015 On Wednesday, Toyota announced that it was recalling over 625,000 hybrid vehicles, the large majority of them Prius models, due to a flaw in the software that controls the power converter. The defect could cause the vehicles to shut down and come to a complete stop. The recall affects the Prius V wagon/minivan, which