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Chrysler Recalls 490,000 Cars and Utility Vehicles

Jul 6 2013, 5:22am CDT | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

Chrysler Recalls 490,000 Cars and Utility Vehicles

Chrysler recalls almost half million vehicles globally over head restraint issue that stops neck injuries. Company is also offering free of cost component replacement or system upgrade. Airbags and shoulder-restraint systems of the vehicles are working properly.

Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 490,000 cars and SUVs worldwide. Company has found some faults in active head restraint function which secures drivers from neck injuries. But the microcontrollers used for this function did not work properly in some vehicles. These defected microcontrollers cause some erros in the working of the active head restraint function. Hence the company release a recall statement for almost half million cars due to these 'potentially faulty microcontrollers' which were installed in vehicles as a supplied component. These faulty pieces were become a part of company's  supply chain after 'the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan' when there was a worldwide shortage of microcontrollers.

These 490,000 vehicles include

  • 442,000 U.S. vehicles;
  • 25,000 Canadian vehicles;
  • 10,000 Mexican vehicles; 
  • 12,000 outside the NAFTA region.

Chrysler Group will also not charge any cost to upgrade system software or replace component. The vehicles affected with this defect includes

  • 2011-2013 Chrysler Sebring;
  • 200 and Dodge Avenger midsize cars;
  • 2011-2013 Jeep Liberty SUVs;
  • 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro SUVs.

The company also states that no such injuries or accidents related to this defect are in company's knowledge. The company also explained that the airbags and shoulder-restraint systems are working properly. No such defect found in these systems.

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