A separate recall for alternator issues affects another 442,000 vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling an over 800,000 vehicles in two separate recalls that involve potential airbag and alternator problems. You might be expecting more bad news for Takata right about now, but this time the airbage issue isn't with faulty inflators, or even with Takata at all. FCA basically says faulty wiring in it older Dodge Journey crossover could cause the driver side airbag to unexpectedly deploy.

Specifically, the airbag recall includes 363,480 Dodge Journeys built from 2011 through 2015 and sold throughout North America. Among the total affected vehicles are 120,336 sold in Canada, and 54,072 in Mexico. Outside the North American sector, FCA has identified an additional 232,965 Fiat Freemont crossovers from 2011 through 2015 with the same potential hazard, which are also subject to the recall.


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The specific problem lies with wiring in the steering column which could chafe against steering-wheel trim and, over time, cause a short circuit. According to FCA, this could lead to a second short-circuit, which could potentially cause the driver airbag to deploy.

FCA says there could be warning signs that might indicate a problem with the wiring prior to airbag deployment. The short circuits could cause the air bag light to come on, along with random windshield wiper operation, non-functional switches, or all of the above.

There have been no known accidents or deaths resulting from this potential issue, but FCA does say it’s aware of five minor injuries that could be connected to the wiring. Whether or not that involves airbag deployment is unclear.

FCA is also recalling 442,214 vehicles for alternator issues which could ultimately lead to the vehicle stalling. The problem lies with premature diode wear, notably in hot weather. This recall affects 2011 through 2014 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans, as well as the Dodge Challenger, Dodge Durango, and Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2012 through 2014. 

The manufacturer will be contacting affected customers via first-class mail to schedule appointments. Both fixes are free-of-charge; the airbag issue will be resolved with new wiring as needed while adding additional protective covering to the area. FCA hasn't provided details on the alternator remedy.

Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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