Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V (NYSE: FCAU) announced on Friday that it will recall 1.33 million vehicles worldwide over concerns about potential fire risks and inadvertent airbag deployments.
The automaker said that there is a wiring issue in about 770,000 sport utility vehicles, which may lead to an inadvertent deployment of the driver-side airbag and also cause unintended windshield wiper operation or inoperable switches. Fiat Chrysler noted that wiring could chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim. The issue is linked to reports of five related minor injuries, but no crashes.
The recall covers 538,000 2011-2015 Dodge Journey vehicles in North America and 233,000 2011-2015 Fiat Freemont crossovers sold elsewhere. Dealers will inspect and replace the wiring, as needed and equip it with additional protective covering.
The company is also recalling 565,000 vehicles to replace their alternators because of fire risks. Hot ambient temperatures could lead to premature diode wear, may result in a burning odor or smoke, and could impact the anti-lock braking system or lead to engine stalls.
The recall covers 2011-2014 model year Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger cars and Dodge Durango SUVs and 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. The company is aware of two potentially related accidents, but no injuries.
In October, Fiat Chrysler recalled about 86,000 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs from the 2007-2013 model years and 2011-2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit sedans for the same alternator issue. Fiat Chrysler said at the time one minor injury was related to the recall.