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Η Fiat Chrysler Automobiles περνά μια δύσκολο περίοδο, αφού μετά το πρόστιμο ύψους 105 εκατ. δολαρίων, την αναγκαστική αγορά 500.000 αυτοκινήτων της, αλλά και την ανάκληση 1,4 εκατ. αυτοκινήτων της λόγω hacking, ανακοίνωσε πως ανακαλεί παγκοσμίως 322.000 Dodge Charger, επειδή στα αυτοκίνητα αυτά, οι πλευρικοί αερόσακοι ίσως ενεργοποιηθούν σε περίπτωση που οι πόρτες κλείσουν με δύναμη.

Η ανάκληση αφορά τα Charger παραγωγής 2011-2014, με τα περισσότερα να βρίσκονται σε Η.Π.Α και Καναδά. Την περασμένη εβδομάδα, η FCA ανακάλεσε 843.000 Ram για το ίδιο πρόβλημα. Η FCA αναφέρει πως η ανάκληση των Charger έγινε μετά από εσωτερική έρευνα που ξεκίνησε λόγω της ανάκλησης των Ram.

Στα επηρεαζόμενα οχήματα, οι μονάδες ελέγχου των αερόσακων ενδεχομένως να έχουν πολύ ευαίσθητες ρυθμίσεις, με την εταιρία να γνωρίζει τρεις μικροτραυματισμούς από το συγκεκριμένο πρόβλημα, που διορθώνεται με αναβάθμιση του λογισμικού των μονάδων ελέγχων. Η FCA αναφέρει πως οι ιδιοκτήτες των επηρεαζόμενων αυτοκινήτων θα ειδοποιηθούν γραπτώς, και μέχρι να γίνει η αναβάθμιση, θα πρέπει να είναι προσεκτικοί όταν κλείνουν τις πόρτες.

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Statement: Occupant Restraint Control Module

August 1, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – FCA US LLC is conducting a voluntary safety recall to recalibrate control modules on approximately 284,153 U.S.-market sedans to prevent inadvertent side-curtain air-bag and seatbelt pre-tensioner deployment.

FCA US launched an investigation of certain cars following preliminary findings of a similar investigation involving certain trucks. The latter probe determined some trucks may be equipped with modules that have low deployment thresholds, a finding that triggered a recall in July 2015.

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The car investigation since revealed inadvertent side-curtain air-bag deployment may occur if the vehicles’ doors are kicked or slammed with excessive force. The Company is aware of three potentially related injuries, all described as minor, but no accidents.

This latest campaign is limited to certain model-year 2011-2014 Dodge Chargers. Their modules have a unique calibration, which is influenced by door design.

Also subject to recall are additional vehicles approximating 13,169 in Canada, 2,484 in Mexico and 22,272 outside the NAFTA region.

Potentially related complaints account for less than 0.01 percent of the total recall population.

Affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service, which will be performed free of charge. In the interim, FCA US advises owners of these vehicles to exercise caution when closing doors

Customers with questions or concerns may call the FCA US Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403.

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RECALL Subject : Inadvertent Side Air Bag Deployment Report Receipt Date: JUL 27, 2015 NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V467000 Component(s): AIR BAGS , SEAT BELTS Potential Number of Units Affected: 284,153 Manufacturer: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

SUMMARY: Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured May 6, 2010, to June 5, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the side impact sensor calibrations may be overly sensitive, and as a result, the side air bag inflatable curtains and seat air bags may unexpectedly deploy and the seat belt pre-tensioners may activate.

CONSEQUENCE: Air bags that unexpectedly deploy increase the risk of a crash or injury.

REMEDY: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the Occupant Restraint Control module calibration, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is R35.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.