The global recall includes some 1.9 million vehicles overall and will solve a problem with airbag systems that has been linked to three deaths and five injuries. The defect can affect the deployment of airbags and seatbelt pretensioners in crashes.
Vehicles affected around the world include Dodge Calibers made between 2010 and 2012 and Dodge Avengers made between 2010 and 2014, as well as the 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot (pictured) and Compass models. Chrysler 200s made between 2011 and 2014, and the 2010 Chrysler Sebring will also be recalled, as will the 2012-2013 Lancia Fulvia and the 2010 Chrysler Cirrus.
A spokeswoman for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in the UK said she did not currently know which UK models were affected as she was awaiting more information from global headquarters. But she added that once the data was received, the official recall process would begin in the UK, and that registered owners would be contacted and asked to visit their nearest dealer to have the necessary work done.