Published: Fri, September 16, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Fiat Chrysler recalling 1.9 million vehicles for air bag defect

Fiat Chrysler recalling 1.9 million vehicles for air bag defect

Auto maker Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.9 million vehicles over an air bag defect that may be linked to three deaths and five injuries.

The Fiat Chrysler recall involves non-deployment of air bags and seat-belt pretensioners in some crashes.

The problem affects vehicles equipped with specific occupant restraint control modules and front impact sensors.

FCAU says three fatalities and five injuries possibly are related to the problem.

The vehicles involved include the following cars: 2010 Chrysler Sebring, 2011-2014 Chrysler 200, the 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber, and 2010-2014 Dodge Avenger.

Despite the recall, Wall Street-traded shares of Italy-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles were up 2.0 per cent near the end of trade. However, a certain wiring design might prevent the system from activating in a frontal crash. The notice did not say when it will begin recall repairs, which spokesman Eric Mayne said the automaker is "finalizing".

In recent weeks United States rival General Motors recalled more than 4 million vehicles due to similar problems.

Additionally, the recall extends to about 509,000 vehicles outside the U.S., Fiat Chrysler said.

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