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Fiat Chrysler recalls vehicles for headrest problem

Oct. 13, 2017


Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 470,000 older vehicles worldwide to fix a problem with headrests that can malfunction in rear collisions.

The recall covers certain 2012 Jeep Liberty SUVs and 2012 and 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger midsize sedans.

Fiat Chrysler says a safety restraint control computer can degrade after several years of use. That can stop the headrests from moving forward in a crash to protect front-row occupants from whiplash injuries.

The company says it’s not aware of any related injuries.

Owners will be notified in November. Dealers will replace the control computers at no cost to owners.

Fiat Chrysler says owners who see an air bag warning light should contact dealers.

U.S. safety regulators began investigating the problem in June after getting 44 consumer complaints.
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October 10, 2017 NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V640000
Active Headrests may not Deploy in a Crash

If the active headrests do not deploy in certain rear-end crashes, the front seat occupants have an increased risk of injury.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V640000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

Components AIR BAGS, SEATS

Potential Number of Units Affected 414,134

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2012 Jeep Liberty and 2012-2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger vehicles. A component within the occupant restraint controller (ORC) may fail and prevent the active headrests from deploying in the event of a rear-end crash.

Remedy

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ORC as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 29, 2017. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's number for this recall is T56.
 
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