Monday, August 3, 2015

Fiat Chrysler expands recall of Dodge Chargers because of defective airbags.

Bloomberg News (8/2, Mulholland, 2.66M) reports that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles initiated a recall of hundreds of thousands of Dodge Chargers over defective airbags, where “side air-bag inflatable curtains and seat air-bags” can “deploy unexpectedly...if the car door is slammed too hard,” or from “heavy road inputs.” The story notes FCA’s agreement “to pay a $105 million penalty and instigate a corrective action plan following” a NHTSA investigation “into how the company handled 23 different recalls to fix defects in more than 11 million cars and trucks.”

        According to the AP (8/2), the recall affects “more than 322,000 sedans worldwide,” but “earlier this month, more than 843,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks were recalled for the same problem.”