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Statement: Occupant Restraint Controller

February 4, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

FCA US LLC is conducting a voluntary safety recall to replace the occupant restraint controllers in an estimated 112,001 older-model crossover vehicles and minivans in the U.S.

Occupant restraint controllers help manage the function of supplementary restraint systems, such as air bags. An investigation of two incidents involving inadvertent deployment led FCA US to discover a certain population of components is subject to unintended moisture exposure, which may cause inadvertent air-bag deployment or a warning-light illumination.

Of the two potential outcomes, warning-light illumination is the more likely. None of the affected vehicles are equipped with ammonium-nitrate inflators.

FCA US is aware of seven potentially related injuries – all minor – but no related accidents.

The recall is aimed at certain model-year 2009 Dodge Journey crossovers, 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans, and 2009 Volkswagen Routan minivans. Lesser numbers of vehicles are affected in Canada, Mexico and markets outside the NAFTA region.

Customers will be advised when they may schedule service, which will be provided free of charge. FCA US urges customers to heed the instructions on their recall notices.

Customers with questions or concerns may call the FCA US Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403.

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Five Million Faulty Continental Airbags

Five Million Faulty Continental Airbags Trigger Massive Recall

Feb 04, 2016

Continental Automotive Systems has admitted to installing potentially faulty airbag control computers in about 5 million cars.

In the affected vehicles, moisture can get inside of the airbag control module, eventually causing the power supply to fail. if the power supply is corrupted, the airbags may not inflate in a crash, or they may deploy without a crash at all.

Continental will now contact all of the automakers who are affected by this recall, with some of the affected vehicles dating back to 2006. Honda knows of two injuries related to the issue.

This comes while automotive supplier Takata is embroiled in a massive faulty airbag recall which has been linked to at least 10 deaths and many injuries. In that case, 24 million U.S. vehicles are being recalled.

Continental first became aware of the issue in 2008, when a faulty control unit from a Mercedes-Benz vehicle was analyzed. Then in 2011, Mercedes and Fiat Chrysler reported inadvertent airbag deployments, while last year, Honda reported two airbag non-deployments in 2008 Honda Accords.

Honda and Fiat Chrysler announced new recalls on Wednesday and Thursday to cover their vehicles, while Mercedes recalled its affected vehicles last year.

Of the total of five million vehicles affected, Continental says that between 1.5 and 2 million of them are in the U.S. Volvo Trucks along with Mazda vehicles will also be affected by this recall. Each brand is currently investigating.

As of now, around 600,000 vehicles in the U.S. have actually been recalled, though that number is set to still grow.

So far, the confirmed affected vehicles include:

2010 Honda Accord
2009 Dodge Journey
2008 to 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan
2008 to 2009 Chrysler Town & Country

2008 to 2009 Mercedes C-Series (recalled last year)
2010 Mercedes GLK350 (recalled last year)

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RECALL Subject : Air Bag Control Unit Power Supply Corrosion

Report Receipt Date: JAN 29, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V047000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 112,001

Manufacturer: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

FCA US LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2009 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured December 31, 2007, to August 31, 2008, 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country vehicles manufactured June 18, 2007, to August 31, 2008, and 2009 Volkswagen Routan vehicles manufactured August 11, 2008, to August 31, 2008. In the affected vehicles, the air bag control units may corrode and fail.
If the air bag control unit fails, the air bags may not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury. Additionally, the air bags may inadvertently deploy, increasing the risk of a crash.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag control unit, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is S07.
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