Chrysler Recalls 184,000 SUVs for Air Bags That Can Fail

Oct 14, 2014 11:02 AM EDT | Jordan Ecarma


Chrysler is recalling around 184,000 SUVs with air bags that may have short-circuits, the automaker announced today.

The air bag defect is the same issue that resulted in a Ford recall for 850,000 vehicles last month, the Detroit News reported. Some 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs could have air bags and safety restraint systems that fail due to internal electrical short-circuits.

The Chrysler SUV recall, which has not been connected with any accidents or injuries, affects 126,772 vehicles in the U.S., 8,106 in Canada; 3,722 in Mexico and 45,615 outside North America.

Chrysler will be contacting owners to notify them of the recall, which will involve dealers replacing the control module.

The Ford recall also included vehicles that may have air bags and seat belts that don't function properly in the event of a crash due to a short circuit that affects the restraint systems. Chrysler vehicles with the same issue may have illuminated air-bag warning lights that signal the problem.

"The short circuit may also affect the function of other systems that use data from the restraints control module, including stability control," Ford said in a statement last month. "In these cases, the corresponding warning indicator lamps would also illuminate."

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