Chrysler has once again announced a massive recall concerning many vehicles in their respective brands, totaling over 840,000 vehicles in all. The latest Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep recall affects those with defective electronics in the head restraints.
The vehicles affected are:
2011- 2013 Chrysler 200
2011-2013 Chrysler Sebring
2011-2013 Dodge Avenger
2011-2012 Dodge Nitro
2011-2013 Jeep Liberty
The issue concerns the aforementioned active head restraints, which normally will tilt forward in the event of an rear-end accident, thus reducing the amount of whiplash that the occupant may experience. However, the microcontrollers in the active head restraint system may be defective, which may cause the system to not function properly, or at all. Chrysler did report that there have been eight incidents with this particular issue. The defect can be traced back to a shortage of quality microcontrollers, after the tsunami that affected Japan back in 2011 led to a worldwide of microcontrollers, as well as other electronic components.
The Auburn Hills, Michigan automaker did not report any accidents or injuries that occurred as a result of the defect.
The latest Chrysler recall will have registered owners take their vehicles back to the dealership for inspection and possibly either updating the software, or replacing the microcontroller, all at no charge. Owners can contact their local dealership for more information, and/or to schedule a service appointment. The recall campaign is expected to begin right away.
Source: Detroit News