Airbag defect prompts Dodge Viper recall
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued another recall to address an airbag wiring problem, this time involving the Dodge Viper.
Factory workers recently noticed an illuminated airbag warning light after finishing post-production electrical tests. The problem was traced to a misrouted wire, which caused misalignment of the inflator connectors.
Airbag supplier Key Safety Systems quickly implemented a new vision system on their assembly line to ensure that additional inflators are all assembled with proper wiring and connection orientation. In the meantime, FCA determined that the issue poses a safety risk.
“If the driver’s air bag wires are pinched, the air bag may not deploy properly in the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment, increasing the risk of injury,” regulatory filings warn.
Service technicians will replace the driver’s frontal airbag and clock spring. The issue affects a small batch of just 14 vehicles sold in the US market.