Lights, airbags, and stickers: Mopar (and other) recalls

Chrysler issued several recalls this past week, after a long quiet period. The 2018-21 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 side curtain airbags may rupture, as reported earlier, due to vendor-side manufacturing errors; the risk is relatively low as so far all five incidents have been in 120°F+ interior heat, but this is not guaranteed to be true forever.

2024 Jeep Wrangler Willys with xtreme 35 tires

A wide range of 2023-24 Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram vehicles may have inoperative driver’s airbags. This recall covers the Voyager and Pacifica; Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, and Wrangler; and every Ram pickup and chassis cab. Yet, only 38,164 vehicles in the US, as well as (probably around 4,000) vehicles elsewhere, are affected. The issue is that the steering column control module may not have been welded properly (between a cable and the busbar); but only around 1% of the vehicles they made have the flaw. The part was made by American Furukawa, Inc., of Plymouth, Michigan.

For a full list of vehicles affected (largely based on production dates), see the NHTSA site.

Then a number of 2024 Dodge Hornets and Alfa Romeo Tonales are missing tire and wheel information on the label; the fix for this is obvious.

Other automakers also had recalls last week, though none dominated so much; 2022-24 Kia EV6 and various Hyundai and Genesis cars may have the EV equivalent of stalling, the 2021-24 Jaguar E-Pace may lose its brake pad wear warning light (something some may not have known existed), 2024 Genesis GV70s may have a rollaway due to a transmission short, and a wide variety of 2019-24 Mercedes and Maybach SUVs may have bad grounds.

Source: NHTSA 

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