Chrysler Group LLC announced another huge slate of recalls Wednesday, the twelfth of its kind in the past five weeks. One problem involves faulty active head-restraint technology in nearly half a million Chrysler and Dodge models, while another involves malfunctioning airbag systems in 282,000 vehicles. All told, approximately 840,000 vehicles are included in the recall.
The largest of the recalls aims to solve problems with faulty microcontrollers, which help active head restraints in anti-whiplash functions. The microcontrollers were sourced during a shortage following the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Chrysler is recalling 490,000 models, including the Chrysler Sebring, Jeep Liberty SUV, Dodge Avenger, and Dodge Nitro in order to replace the microcontrollers. No major injuries have been reported in connection to this problem.
The second recall addresses faulty airbag technology in 282,000 vehicles of recent issue, including the Dodge Grand Caravan, Ram Cargo Van, and Chrysler Town & Country. Instead of deploying driver-side airbags, the cars’ sensors deploy airbags on opposite sides of the vehicle. The recall was prompted by customer complaints.