Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.3 million SUVs, citing problem with airbags

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Malfunctioning alternators or wiring maladjusted can make air bags inflate unexpectedly, company says

The Associated Crush Posted: Jul 14, 2017 7:46 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 14, 2017 7:52 AM ET

Fiat Chrysler is disowning over 1.3 million vehicles worldwide to fix malfunctioning alternators or a wiring can of worms that can make air bags inflate unexpectedly.

The wiring recall traverses nearly 771,000 Dodge Journey and Fiat Freemont SUVs from 2011 into done with 2015.

The company says wires can chafe against steering wheel embellishment, causing electrical short-circuits. That can set off the driver’s front air bags, matter wipers to come on unexpectedly, cause switches to fail or illuminate the air bag caution lights.

Customers who see any of the issues should contact a dealer. Dealers see fit install a covering on the wires or replace them if needed. FCA says it separates of five minor injuries but no crashes.

The alternator recall affects exactly 566,000 Chrysler 300s, Dodge Challengers and Chargers and Durango SUVs from 2011 as a consequence 2014. Also covered are certain 2012 to 2014 Jeep Sumptuous Cherokees.

The alternators can wear prematurely. That could cause appliance stalling and compromise antilock brakes and electronic stability control. Focal braking isn’t affected.

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