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Airbag recall for 8,000+ Jeep 2018s

by Chris Vander Doelen on

FCA is recalling 8,000 units of the 2018 Jeep Compass already on the road for a potential loose fastener problem in a front airbag, the company announced Wednesday.

No injuries or accidents have been reported among the 8,000 affected sold units that the company is aware of. But a supplier has warned Fiat Chrysler that loose fasteners may have fallen into the air bag modules installed in the front passenger position. The companies believe less than one per cent of the recalled batch of 2018 models could have loose fasteners.

The potential threat involves those loose fasteners “posing a hazard” in case the airbags deploy, the company said in a release. “Customers . . . are advised to avoid using the front passenger seat until the situation is remedied.”

The vehicles in question, which involve 7,000 units sold in the U.S. and about 1,000 in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere – a tiny fraction of the production run so far – were assembled between Sept. 5 and Nov. 19 this week. Formal recall notices will be mailed next month.

“In the interim,” the company says, “customers may learn if their vehicles are included in the recall by entering their Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) at http://recalls.mopar.com or https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls.”

Customers also may call the FCA US Recall Information Center at (800) 853-1403.

In addition to the 8,000 units already on the road, an unspecified number of units with the suspect airbags are also in the hands of dealers. They will be serviced before being sold, FCA said.

 

 

Chris Vander Doelen was Opinion Editor and columnist of The Windsor Star until December, 2016; He was the Star's automotive reporter and columnist for seven years, and had also covered the political and gambling beats. With his wife, Veronique Mandal, he wrote the book Chasing Lightning (1999). Chris won a National Newspaper Award in 1997 and more than a dozen provincial news awards. There is a Chrysler 300 in his driveway.


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