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.
A statement from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in North America, where the bulk of the affected vehicles are located, said the recall was prompted by an in-house analysis of “certain field events and other vehicle data”. It continued: “The condition may occur when vehicles equipped with a particular occupant restraint control module and front impact sensor wiring of a specific design, are involved in certain collisions.
“If all these factors are present, there may be an increased potential for occupant injury.”
Autocar will update this article when more information about UK recalls is released.