Italian-American carmaker FCA to recall 900,000 US vehicles over faulty air bag cover



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Italian-American carmaker FCA to recall 900,000 US vehicles over faulty air bag cover

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV., the London-based Italian-American automotive industry giant had issued a statement late on Friday saying that that the eighth-largest carmaker across the globe by revenues would recall about 925,239 of its older model vehicles in the United States in order to replace their air bag covers on the steering wheels.

In point of fact, latest recall from the American-Italian carmaker comes over the heels of fourteen potential injuries due to the faulty air bag covers, while the recall would cover 2007-2011 Dodge Nitro SUVs, Dodge Grand Caravan minivans and the 2008-2010 Chrysler Town & Country, the London-based automaker said in the statement.

Latest FCA move to replace air bag covers follows an internal investigation

Apart from that, latest Fiat Chrysler move to replace air bag covers of over 900,000 vehicles in the United States came at a time when the London-based automaker’s planned $50 billion merger with the French carmaker Groupe PSA had been scuffling amid a sharp decline in passenger car sales, while the slated merger, which in effect would create the fourth-largest automotive entity across the globe, became a media headline again last week while a Sunday Times report had been quoted one of its sources as saying that the Fiat Chrysler had been planning to ditch out a $5.5 billion worth of dividends in light of the pandemic outbreak.

Nonetheless, later last week, FCA said in a statement that it had no plans to phase out the planned dividends. Besides, the latest Fiat Chrysler move to replace faulty air bag covers in the United States followed an internal investigation that found the decade-old FCA vehicles, had been equipped with a certain type of clips that might have loosened and disintegrate over times, eventually making the vehicles more prone to unprecedented accidents.

Concomitantly, the Italian-American carmaker had also told at its statement released at the later part of the day that none of the 14 injuries related to faulty air bag covers involved the occupants of front-passenger and rear seats adding that the air bags were not supplied by the much-disputed air bag maker Takata.