Chrysler Recalls Nearly One Million Vehicles Over Head Rest Issue (VIDEO)

Jul 06, 2013 09:29 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro


Chrysler has announced this week it's recalling close to one million vehicles, most of which were sold in the U.S.

 The recall was decided on due to faulty active-restraint head rests that could have been manufactured with defects, and some vehicles may contain faulty airbags as well according to Chrysler.

Approximately 840,000 vehicles were listed in the recall.

"(A) potentially faulty microcontroller (that) entered the supply chain after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a worldwide microcontroller shortage," Chrysler Group said in a press statement issued this week.

In five different recalls, the company said approximately 500,000 cars and SUVs may suffer from the active-restraint head rest issue.

Over 442,000 vehicles sold in the United States are affected by the recall, as well as 25,000 in Canada, 10,000 in Mexico and 12,000 in other locations around the world.

Models listed in the recall include:

-2011 to 2012 Dodge Nitro SUVs

-2011 to 2013 Jeep Liberty SUVs

-2011 to 2013 Chrysler Sebrings, Chrysler 200s and Dodge Avenger midsize vehicles

Chrysler said there have been three reported accidents and a "minor" injury due to the issue as of press time. The company claims to be doing all they can regarding the issue and company spokesman Eric Mayne said the recall is "an indication of our aggressive quality-control."

This is the 12th different Chrysler recall to take place since June alone according to Consumer Reports. Over 4 million vehicles have been recalled during the time span.

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