Chrysler Recalls 25,483 Newer Fiat Vehicles due to Air Bag Defect

Another day, another Chrysler recall.

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Fiat 500L due to an air bag defect.  These vehicles were manufactured from March 3, 2012, to July 25, 2014.  The defect stems from an assembly error with the driver’s knee airbag.  Irregularities were found in the folding process during assembly of this airbag.  Because of the defect, this may result in improper deployment.  As such, these vehicles failed to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”

The defect was found in June 2014.  NHTSA conducted testing using an unbelted 25 mph 5th percentile female FMVSS No. 8 flat frontal compliance test on a 2014 Fiat.  The results indicated that the driver right femur load failed to meet the minimum injury criteria.  Chrysler is not aware of any injuries related to this issue.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver’s knee air bag, free of charge.  The recall is expected to begin in September 2014.  Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.  Chrysler’s number for this recall is P42.

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