On Friday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued two new voluntary recalls that affect over 1.3 million of its vehicles worldwide.
One of the recalls involves crossovers that are older-model and can lead to an inadvertent deployment of an air bag from the door of the driver. The automaker said that it is aware of five possible related accidents, but that there were no injuries in those five accidents.
That recall affects over 770,850 vehicles across the globe, including certain Dodge Journeys model year 2011-2015 that were sold in the United States, Mexico and Canada and some of the Fiat Freemont Crossovers between 2011 and 2015 that were sold outside of North America, showed a news release the company emitted on Friday.
The vehicle problems result from wiring that might chafe on pieces of the trim of the steering wheel and potentially cause a short circuit. That in turn may lead to another short-circuit that potentially would be capable of generating the inadvertent deployment of the front driver-side airbag said the release.
Prior to that happening, drivers could experience the illumination of the warning light for air bags, unintended operations of the wipers, switches that become inoperable and some form of a combination. Owners are urged to contact the nearest dealer.
In another separate case, FCA is recalling over 565,640 vehicles that require their alternators to be replaced.
Issues involved in this recall can compromise the anti-lock braking system of the vehicle and its electronic stability control, though the basic brake function does not become affected, said the company in its release.
To date, no injuries have been reported due to this problem, but a pair of accidents has taken place that are potentially related.
This recall affects some of the Dodge Charger sedans, Dodge Durango, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler 300 from 2011 to 2014 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee between 2012 and 2014 equipped with power-steering that is electro-hydraulic.
Drivers that are operating vehicles that fall under this recall who see a warning light on the instrument cluster, smell a burning odor or see smoke are urged to get in touch with their closest dealer immediately.
FCA is expecting that it will notify customers affected by the two recalls through a mailing so they will be able to schedule service with their appropriate dealer.