Dodge Charger airbag recall
Over 300,000 2010-14 model years face recall for airbags that may deploy if the doors are slammed
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 300,000 examples of the Dodge Charger for an issue with the side airbag sensor and the seat belt pretensioner. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that if the doors are slammed too hard or are kicked, the side-curtain airbags could deploy. One other thing could cause the airbags to deploy: “heavy road inputs” according to NHTSA.
This issue popped up on the Ram truck a week ago, but now Fiat Chrysler also will have to recall certain Chargers that were manufactured between May 6, 2010 and June 5, 2014. A total of 322,078 Chargers are affected, including 284,153 in the U.S., 13,169 in Canada and 2,484 in Mexico; the remainder were sold outside of North America.
The automaker has indicated that it knows of three instances of the side-curtain airbags inadvertently deploying in the Charger that have resulted in minor injuries, but is not aware of any accidents that have resulted.
The fix can be implemented at the dealer level, and requires the Occupant Restraint Control module to be recalibrated. FCA has not announced when it will begin notifying owners of the recall, though that should occur within days.
“Affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service, which will be performed free of charge,” the NHTSA said in a statement. “In the interim, FCA US advises owners of these vehicles to exercise caution when closing doors.”
The latest service action follows a series of large-scale recalls for the company, including Ram trucks recalled for suspension and airbag issues. The side airbags on certain Ram trucks from the 2013 through the 2015 model years have reportedly suffered from the same problem, resulting in two injuries and 37 reports from owners.