Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA)
US LLC is recalling an estimated 7,000 U.S.-market SUVs in customer hands to
replace their front passenger-side air bags. A supplier advised FCA US that,
during its air-bag module assembly process, loose fasteners may have
inadvertently fallen undetected into a small number of modules. These modules
then entered the supply chain and were installed in some 2018 Jeep Compass SUVs
FCA India alone will be recalling around 1,200
Jeep Compass SUVs retailed to customers for replacement of the front passenger
air bag. This follows an FCA US LLC initiated recall.
The number of affected
vehicles is believed to be less than one percent of the recall population.
However, should such a vehicle be subject to an impact that causes front
passenger air-bag deployment, loose fasteners may pose a hazard, an FCA release
“The Company is unaware of any
related injuries, accidents, warranty claims or complaints. Nevertheless,
customers whose vehicles were produced between Sept. 5 and Nov. 19 of this year
are advised to avoid using the front passenger seat until the situation is
remedied,” the release from FCA US said.
The recall also affects an
estimated 1,000 sold vehicles in Canada, Mexico and a limited number of markets
outside the NAFTA region.
In the coming week, FCA India
and their authorised dealers will directly contact customers whose Jeep Compass
SUVs require a front passenger air bag replacement, and confirm appointments at
authorised workshops. This replacement exercise will be carried out at no cost
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