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Fiat Chrysler Recalls Nearly 2M Vehicles over Airbag Defect

Fiat Chrysler issued a recall on Thursday for 1.9 million vehicles related to a defective airbag device, which has been linked to three deaths and five injuries.

About the Fiat Chrysler Recall

According to The Guardian, the device at the center of the recall is an occupational restraint controller, a computer that controls not only the deployment of airbags but also the automatic seat belt pretensioners in crashes. In the recalled vehicles, the computer may deploy airbags and trigger seat belt pretensioners unexpectedly, or it might not deploy them at all during a crash.

Fiat Chrysler no longer uses the defective device found in the recalled vehicles.

This is the second recall of the year that Fiat Chrysler has issued regarding airbag controllers – recalling 112,001 cars in February.

Description of the Recalled Fiat Chrysler Vehicles

The vehicle recall involves several car and SUVs, including:

  • 2010 Chrysler Sebring
  • 2011 – 2014 Chrysler 200
  • 2010 – 2012 Dodge Caliber
  • 2010 – 2014 Dodge Avengers
  • 2010 – 2014 Jeep Patriot
  • 2010 – 2014 Jeep Compass

According to CNN Money, an estimated 1.4 million of the recalled vehicles were sold in the United States. Approximately 143,000 were sold in Canada.

Contact an Experienced Vehicle Recall Attorney

Thomas J. Henry are leaders in the area of product liability litigation. The firm has extensive experience in auto recall litigation and has represented victims of defective vehicles in every state in the United States.

In 2014, the firm garnered national attention when it spearheaded the fight against General Motors over serious injuries and deaths linked to their recalled vehicles by launching one of the first national investigations of GM.

  • The GM recall was due to a faulty ignition switch that could shift from the “run” position to the “off” or “accessory” positions while the vehicle was in operation.
  • This faulty switch could lead to engine stalls and loss of power steering and airbag functionality.
  • There were more than 120 deaths and 275 injuries linked to the recalled vehicles.

Thomas J. Henry worked alongside members of Congress to address the wrongs of GM and worked with Ken Feinberg to help shape the GM Victims’ Compensation Fund.

Your choice does matter. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries because of a recalled vehicle or defective auto part, call Thomas J. Henry immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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