FCA US recalls 363,480 older-model crossover vehicles in the U.S.
FCA US LLC is voluntarily recalling an estimated 363,480 older-model crossover vehicles in the U.S. to provide additional protection for certain wiring that accommodates air-bag function. An FCA US investigation has discovered the wiring may chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim, potentially causing a short-circuit. This may lead to a second short-circuit that is potentially capable of generating inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag. Such an event may be preceded by an illuminated air-bag warning light, unintended wiper operation, inoperable switches, or some combination thereof. Customers who observe such indicators should contact their dealers. The company is aware of five minor injuries that are potentially related, but no accidents. Affected are certain 2011-2015 Dodge Journey crossovers. Also included in this campaign are an estimated 120,336 vehicles in Canada, and an estimated 54,072 in Mexico. Certain model-year 2011-2015 Fiat Freemont crossovers, estimated to number 232,965 and sold outside the NAFTA region, also will be subject to the recall.