Another recall for Fiat Chrysler to deal with, this time involving headrests that can malfunction in rear collisions. FCA says that " 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 Wall Street Journal says"
DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCAU 0.85% NV on Friday issued a recall for nearly 470,000 sedans and SUVs with a fault-prone component that may not deploy safety restraints designed to prevent whiplash in a crash.
The company said 414,134 of the recalled vehicles were sold in the U.S., where it was informed of the problem by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA opened an investigation into the issue in June.
The recall affects 2012 model year Jeep Liberty SUVs and 2012-2013 model year Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger mid-sized sedans, Fiat Chrysler said.
The auto maker said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries linked to the defect, which involves an electronic detection device that may not deploy front row head restraints in the event of a rear-end crash.
Fiat Chrysler said it would send out recall notices next month to owners of the 469,988 affected vehicles sold world-wide.
Earlier this month, the company issued an unrelated recall for 709,837 sport-utility vehicles sold in North America with a potential braking defect. That followed recalls last month for about 50,000 Pacifica minivans and almost a half-million pickups and work trucks.
Frankly, most of the news posted lately has concerned Fiat Chrysler and safety recalls, which is very worrying.
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