Jul 5 2013, 12:00pm CDT | by Shane McGlaun
Chrysler announced this week that would be recalling almost a half-million vehicles. The vehicles are being recalled because of an issue with the active head restraint function found with several models. Chrysler says that the problem is related to a microcontroller that could be faulty.
The microcontroller entered the supply chain after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan created a microcontroller shortage around the world. These potentially defective microcontrollers were used in some Chrysler vehicles for the active head restraint. These active head restraints are designed to automatically move forward during some rear impact crashes.
The intent of these active head restraints is to prevent neck injuries, but some aren't working properly. Chrysler doesn't know of any injuries or accidents related to the issue but is announcement printed recall just in case. Chrysler says 442,000 vehicles sold in the US are covered in the recall August 20 5000 in Canada, 10,000 Mexico, and 12,000 in other parts of the world. The recall covers 2011 through 2013 Chrysler Sebrings, 200s, and Dodge Avengers. It also covers 2011 through 2012 Dodge Nitro and 2011 to 2013 Jeep Liberty SUVs.
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.
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