Fiat Chrysler is having a tough year. It recalled around 1.1 million vehicles because of a shifter defect that caused vehicles to rollaway. The situation got even worse when Star Trek actor, Anton Yelchin, fell victim to that same defect. Now, another Fiat Chrysler defect has reportedly taken the lives of three people and injured five others. What will the company do next?
The New Fiat Chrysler Recall Everyone Should Be Worried About
This latest defect in Fiat Chrysler vehicles affects models built between 2010 and 2014. It includes the Jeep Patriot and Compass, the Dodge Avenger and Caliber, and it also includes the Chrysler 200 and Sebring. That’s 1.4 million vehicles here in the state and 1.9 million vehicles worldwide.
This defect can prevent seatbelts from tightening and airbags from deploying if affected vehicles get into a crash. So, Fiat Chrysler is recalling them. The company will replace a control module and reposition the wires that connect a particular front impact sensor. This fix should ensure that all the vehicle’s safety devices work properly. However, considering the carmaker’s recent track record, should we expect more recalls soon?
There has been a crackdown on the defective safety devices in our vehicles recently. Most analysts believe this new caution was born out of the historically large Takata recall that affects one in every seven American vehicles. No one could have imagined that such a risk to public safety had gone unnoticed for so long, and now automakers are trying to make up for it.
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