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Statement: Active Head-Restraint System

July 3, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Chrysler Group LLC will recall approximately 490,000 cars and utility vehicles worldwide to address active head-restraint function.

Active head restraints are designed to mitigate neck injuries by automatically moving forward during certain rear-impact collisions. Potentially faulty microcontrollers in some vehicles may prevent the systems from functioning properly.

Chrysler Group is unaware of any related injuries or accidents. Airbags and shoulder-restraint systems are not affected.

The potentially faulty microcontrollers were installed in a supplied component. They entered the supply chain after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a worldwide microcontroller shortage.

Chrysler Group will replace the component or upgrade system software as needed, at no cost to its customers.

Affected are the 2011-2013 Chrysler Sebring, 200 and Dodge Avenger midsize cars; 2011-2013 Jeep Liberty SUVs and 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro SUVs.

The campaign involves approximately 442,000 vehicles in the U.S.; 25,000 in Canada; 10,000 in Mexico; and 12,000 outside the NAFTA region.

Chrysler Group will notify affected customers. Questions or concerns can be addressed by calling 1-800-853-1403.
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Thank you for the post. I will wait to see if my Nitro is one that is included in this recall. If it is, this will be my first recall! :D

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Chrysler recalls cars in Australia


July 5, 2013


Thousands of Chrysler cars in Australia are being recalled as part of a worldwide problem with automatic head restraints.

Fiat Chrysler Australia says 3725 Jeep Cherokee cars and 520 Dodge Nitro vehicles built between 2011 and 2013 are affected in Australia.

Chrysler announced on Wednesday it was recalling about 490,000 cars and sports utility vehicles to fix the glitch.

The US manufacturer says potentially fatal microcontrollers have been installed in certain vehicles that may prevent head restraints from automatically moving forward during some kinds of rear-impact collisions.
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Fiat Chrysler Australia will contact all Australian owners of affected cars and ask them to go to their local Chrysler Jeep and Dodge dealer, a company spokeswoman says.

"We will then replace the component or upgrade the system software at no cost to customers," she said.

The spokeswoman says they are not aware of any injuries or accidents associated with the problem.

If customers have any concerns before they are contacted by the company, they can go straight to their local dealer, she says.
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Chrysler Recall of Certain Model Year 20011 -2013 Sebring; 2011 – 2013 Dodge Avenger; 2011 – 2012 Dodge Nitro; and 2011 – 2012 Jeep Liberty Vehicles


July 6, 2013


SUMMARY: Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Sebring and 200 vehicles manufactured June 28, 2011, through December 13, 2012; model year 2011-2013 Dodge Avenger vehicles manufactured June 25, 2011, through January 14, 2013; model year 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro vehicles manufactured June 17, 2011, through December 15, 2011; and model year 2011-2012 Jeep Liberty vehicles manufactured June 17, 2011, through August 15, 2012. Electrical over-stress of a resistor in the occupant restraint control module may lead to the non-deployment of the active head restraints during a rear impact collision.

CONSEQUENCE: In the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the active head restraints, their non-deployment could increase the risk of injury.

REMEDY: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will flash the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) or replace the occupant restraint control module, as needed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N38.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to Home | Safercar -- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


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Out of curiosity, I just looked at my driver's side door placard. My build date was November, 2010, so it looks like I am not affected by this.

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