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Chrysler 300 Recall 13V118000

The Airbag System May Not Operate as Expected

Body, Interior & Misc., April 3, 2013

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

Certain 2011-2012 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Challenger & Charger models are being recalled because the airbag system my not deploy as expected in the event of a crash.

What Should You Do?

Chrysler will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles during April 2013. If your airbag warning light is on, or you don't receive notification and you believe you should have, please contact your local dealer. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Chrysler recall number is N07.

Summary:

The supplemental restraint system, commonly called the "airbag", consists of several "bags" that are very quickly inflated to help protect the vehicle occupants in the event of a crash. An on board computer uses information from various sensors to determine if and when the airbags should deploy. The affected vehicles may have a poor electrical connection in the front seat which could affect deployment of the side airbags and/or cause the airbag warning light to illuminate. Dealers will replace the airbag withing harness in both the driver and passenger front seats to correct this concern.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2011, 2012

Manufacturer's Report Date: April 3, 2013

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V118000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 119,497

Summary: Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured April 11, 2011, through December 14, 2011. The affected vehicles may have improperly sized terminal crimps on the seat side-airbag wiring harness which may cause the seat side-airbags to malfunction and illuminate the airbag warning light.

Consequence: In the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment the airbags may not operate as designed, increasing the risk of injury.

Remedy: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace both driver and passenger seat airbag wiring harnesses, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during April 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N07.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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