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Fiat-Chrysler, Honda Recall Over 1m Vehicles

Fiat-Chrysler, Honda Recall  Over 1m VehiclesFiat-Chrysler, Honda Recall  Over 1m Vehicles

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles NV is recalling nearly 900,000 vehicles around the world to fix issues related to airbag deployment and anti-lock braking systems.

The company said it was recalling 284,089 model-year 2003 Jeep Liberty and 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees SUVs in the United States to replace some components linked to the deployment of airbags, Automotive News reported.

The company said it was aware of seven injuries related to the problem, but no accidents.

Fiat-Chrysler said the SUVs were not equipped with Takata Corp.’s airbags, which have been at the center of a major recall after being linked to eight deaths and several injuries.

The company said it would recall about 13,411 vehicles in Canada, 6,277 in Mexico and 48,212 outside the NAFTA region to fix the same problem.

Fiat-Chrysler also is recalling 275,614 Dodge Journey crossovers from model years 2012-15 in the United States to replace some parts of their anti-lock brake systems.

Water intrusion may disable the vehicles’ anti-lock braking and electronic stability control systems, the company said.

The company is recalling about 78,148 vehicles in Canada, 36,471 in Mexico and 151,476 in non-NAFTA markets to fix the ABS problem.

Honda said it too will recall 303,904 Accords in the US to fix a flaw that could lead to side-door airbags deploying even if the vehicles are not in a crash.

Airbags in 2008-09 model year Accord sedans may inadvertently deploy if the ignition is on and a door is slammed, or if there’s a significant impact to the lower body of the car, Honda said in a statement.

The company said it has received reports of 19 injuries.

The recall, which is separate from those involving more than 20 million vehicles installed with Takata Corp.-made airbags, adds to mounting quality issues for the automaker.

The Takata airbags have exploded with too much force and spray metal and plastic shards at passengers, and ruptures have been linked to eight deaths in Honda cars.

Honda will upgrade software to fix the Accord airbag glitch, which it said is not a hardware or supplier issue.

 

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