Fiat Chrysler has recalled nearly a million vehicles globally after it discovered some of the vehicles’ air bags could suddenly and inadvertently deploy and others’ antilock brake systems could fail. FCA US LLC announced two separate recalls that encompass 893,700 vehicles total. About half have been identified by the company as potentially dangerous due to inadvertent air bag deployments that have already injured at least seven people and the rest may be vulnerable to moisture buildup that can disable the vehicles’ anti-lock brake and electronic stability control systems. FCA US said it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to the brake issues. The air bag recall involves an estimated 284,089 older-model SUVs in the U.S. The automaker said it will replace their occupant restraint control modules and front or side-impact sensors, as required. The recall also includes 13,411 vehicles in Canada, 6,277 in Mexico and 48,212 outside North America.
Impacted models include 2003 Jeep Liberty SUVs and 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees. The anti-lock brake recall involves an estimated 275,614 2012-2015 Dodge Journey cross-utility vehicles in the U.S. The automaker said it will apply a moisture sealant and replace, as required, certain electrical components in the impacted vehicles. The recall also includes 78,148 vehicles in Canada, 36,471 in Mexico and 151,476 are affected in left-hand-drive vehicles sold outside North America as the Fiat Freemont. The electrical issues, if they occur, are most often preceded by an instrument-cluster warning light and foundation brake function is unaffected, the company said.
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