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Recall 16V047000

Air Bags May Not Deploy In An Accident

Recall Details

The vehicle's air bags may not deploy as needed in an accident, resulting in increased risk of occupant injury. Additionally, the air bags could deploy inadvertently without an accident, causing loss of vehicle control. Dealers will replace the air bag control unit free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The vehicle air bags may not deploy in an accident, increasing risk of occupant injury.  Additionally, the air bags may deploy without need, increasing risk of a crash.

What Should You Do?

Recalls on your Dodge, Chrysler or Volkswagen must be performed by a the appropriate Dodge, Chrysler or Volkswagen dealership, respectively. Chrysler and Volkswagen will notify owners of affected vehicles (a timetable of this notification is not available as of the time of this writing). If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact the appropriate local Dodge, Chrysler or Volkswagen dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Body, Interior & Misc., January 29, 2016

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
January 29, 2016
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
112,001
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
16V047000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
FCA US LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2009 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured December 31, 2007, to August 31, 2008, 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country vehicles manufactured June 18, 2007, to August 31, 2008, and 2009 Volkswagen Routan vehicles manufactured August 11, 2008, to August 31, 2008. In the affected vehicles, the air bag control units may corrode and fail.
Consequence
If the air bag control unit fails, the air bags may not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury. Additionally, the air bags may inadvertently deploy, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag control unit, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is S07.
Notify
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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