Fiat Chrysler Canada recalls 150,000 vehicles over fire, airbag risks

WASHINGTON -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday it is recalling 1.33 million vehicles worldwide — about 150,000 of them in Canada — in two separate campaigns for potential fire risks and inadvertent airbag deployments.

The automaker said it is recalling about 770,000 SUVs because of a wiring issue that may lead to inadvertent deployment of the driver-side airbag and is linked to reports of five related minor injuries, but no crashes.

The company said wiring could chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim, potentially causing a short-circuit and ultimately leading to an inadvertent airbag deployment. The issue could also cause unintended windshield wiper operation or inoperable switches.

The recall covers 538,000 2011-2015 Dodge Journey vehicles in North America — 120,336 of them in Canada — and 233,000 2011-2015 Fiat Freemont crossovers sold elsewhere. The Freemont is not sold in Canada.

Dealers will inspect and replace the wiring, as needed and equip it with additional protective covering. 

The automaker is also recalling 565,000 vehicles to replace their alternators because of fire risks — 29,625 of those are in Canada. The company said hot ambient temperatures could lead to premature diode wear, may result in a burning odour or smoke, could impact the anti-lock braking system or lead to engine stalls.

The company said it is aware of two potentially related accidents but no injuries.

The recall covers 2011-2014 model year Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger cars and Dodge Durango SUVs and 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.

Dealers will replace the alternators.

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