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The Problem: The airbag control modules may have been incorrectly programmed, which could prevent the airbags from deploying in an accident. Almost all of the affected cars are still on dealer lots, so Chrysler has no reports of injuries or crashes due to this incident.
The Fix: Chrysler will replace the affected airbag control modules.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 226 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans, of which 184 are in the U.S. and 180 have yet to be sold to customers.
The Problem: The airbag module on some vans may have been programmed so that it activates the side airbags opposite an impact — for instance the left-hand airbags when the right side is hit. That reduces the effectiveness of the side airbags and can increase the risk of injury. Chrysler learned of the problem after customers complained; the company has reports of three accidents and one minor injury due to this flaw.
The Fix: Chrysler will reprogram the affected airbag control modules for free.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 224,000 Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country, and Ram C/V vans in the U.S., plus another 49,300 in Canada, 2900 in Mexico, and 5300 outside North America.
The Problem: If the driver shifts the transfer case on a truck equipped with four-wheel drive just before turning off the ignition, the electronic stability control warning light could illuminate and the system will be disabled. This could increase the risk of rollover accidents if the truck slides out of control. Chrysler learned of the problem when dealers discovered the issue.
The Fix: Chrysler revised stability control software to correct this problem, and will update the software on affected models.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 45,900 2013 Ram 1500 trucks in the U.S., plus another 21,000 in Canada, 1400 in Mexico, and 770 outside North America.
The Problem: These vehicles have active headrests that are supposed to push forward in certain rear-end collisions to prevent whiplash. However, the control modules may be faulty and prevent this function. Chrysler switched to substitute control modules after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a shortage of the normal controllers.
The Fix: Chrysler will replace the control module or reprogram its software, as necessary.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 442,000 vehicles in the U.S., plus another 25,000 in Canada, 10,000 in Mexico, and 12,000 outside North America.
2013 Ram 3500 and 2013 Ram 4500
The Problem: The track bar, which helps secure the trucks’ axles, may not be installed properly. The trucks may have been assembled with an incorrect bolt which could fail and reduce steering ability.
The Fix: Chrysler will inspect the trucks’ track bar fasteners and replace any that are faulty.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 747 2013 Ram 3500 and Ram 4500 trucks in the U.S., plus another 311 in Canada.