Chrysler has issued recall notices for four different issues at once, which affects more than 500,000 owners of cars in the U.S. Here’s what all of them entail:
Active Head Restraints
Chrysler is recalling 490,000 vehicles, including the 2011-2013 Chrysler Sebring, 200, and Dodge Avenger midsize cars; 2011-2013 Jeep Liberty SUVs and 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro SUVs in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and approximately 12,000 in non-NAFTA regions to replace faulty microcontrollers in the head restraints in said vehicles. Airbags are not affected by the recall, but the faulty microcontrollers could prevent the head restraints from working properly, which could increase the risk of injury in the case of an accident. Chrysler will be notifying owners of said vehicles immediately.
Electronic Stability Control
Some dealers have notified Chrysler that the 2013 Ram 1500 is turning on its stability control deactivation light when some trucks are put into four-wheel-drive mode. That’s not supposed to happen, so Chrysler is recalling 69,000 Ram 1500 models to discover why electronic stability control is being turned off and replace or reprogram any electronics as necessary.
Chrysler is recalling approximately 1,060 Ram 4500 and 5500 commercial trucks to fix the track bar fastener in 2013 models. The track bar secures the front axle during suspension movement, but Chrysler has said some models have loose bars in need of readjusting. If the track-bar fastener were to come loose, it would compromise steering in the 2013 Ram 4500 and 5500. Fortunately, there aren’t too many to recall, as Ram has sold just over 1,000 in Canada, the U.S., and other regions. Approximately 600 Ram 4500 and 5500 models in need of repair are still sitting on dealer lots nationwide.
In the last recall this time around, Chrysler is recalling 226 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans from the 2013 model year to replace their airbag-control modules. Chrysler says the modules were inadvertently programmed in such a way that there their performance could be compromised in the case of an accident. It hasn’t reported any injuries as a result, however.
As is the case with any of the aforementioned recalls, concerned drivers can contact Chrysler’s customer service line at (800) 853-1403 for further information regarding steps to take to fix the affected vehicles.