More than 480,000 Chrysler vehicles recalled over active head restraint failure worries

by Jim Orr

Chrysler is recalling almost 500,000 vehicles, most of which were sold in the U.S. The recall focuses on active-restraint headrests that could have been manufactured with defects according to Chrysler.

An active head restraint in a vehicle is designed to move forward and upward in the event of a rear-end collision in order to decrease the space between the restraint and the occupant’s head, reducing the degree to which the head accelerates before making contact. The less acceleration, the lower the chance of injury.

According to a statement issued by Chrysler, “a potentially faulty microcontroller entered the supply chain after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a worldwide microcontroller shortage.” The concern is that electrical over-stress of a resistor in the occupant restraint control module may lead to active head restraints failing to deploy during a rear impact collision. In the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the active head restraints, a failure to deploy could increase the risk of injury.

Over 442,000 vehicles sold in the United States are affected by the recall, as well as 25,000 in Canada, 10,000 in Mexico and 12,000 in other locations around the world.

The models involved in the recall include:

  • 2011 to 2012 Dodge Nitro SUVs
  • 2011 to 2013 Jeep Liberty SUVs
  • 2011 to 2013 Chrysler Sebrings, Chrysler 200s and Dodge Avenger midsize vehicles

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