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Recall 13V233000

The Airbags May not Deploy As Expected

Body, Interior & Misc., June 4, 2013

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

In the event of a crash, certain airbag components may not operate as expected.

What Should You Do?

Chrysler will begin notifying owners of the affected vehicles during July, 2013. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Chrysler recall number is N01.

Summary:

The airbag system contains various components which deploy to help protect vehicle occupants if a crash occurs. These vehicles are being recalled because the seatbelt pre-tensioners and/or side airbags may be slow to deploy when needed. Delayed deployment will increase the risk of personal injury. Dealers will update the airbag system software to correct this concern.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date: June 4, 2013

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V233000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: AIR BAGS , ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , SEAT BELTS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 254,396

Summary: Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles manufactured May 6, 2008, through July 20, 2012. The affected vehicles have a software error which may result in a delayed deployment or non-deployment of the seatbelt pre-tensioners and/or side airbags.

Consequence: In the event of a rollover necessitating airbag deployment, the software error can lead to a delayed deployment or non-deployment of the side curtain airbag and/or seatbelt pre-tensioners. As a result, vehicle occupants have an increased risk of injury in a crash.

Remedy: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will correct the software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall number is N01.

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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