Our blog has spilled voluminous virtual ink covering the Takata airbag
recall; fortunately for consumers, federal regulators and automotive engineers
seem to be getting control of that situation and ensuring that customers
are alerted and vehicles are safe to deploy on the road.
However, another (thankfully smaller) airbag debacle has consumers and
consumer advocates anxious again. Per the Detroit News, Dodge has issued
a massive recall for over a million Ram pickup trucks as well as over
300,000 Dodge Chargers from the years 2011 to 2014, pertaining to an issue with the side airbags.
According to analysts, these airbags can be overly sensitive and can go
off if someone slams the door too hard while entering or exiting.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) engineers say the airbags can also deploy
if the car encounters a strong impact, such as a bump caused by a pothole.
The engineers blame an overly sensitive door pressure sensor. Dodge acknowledges
that there have been three injuries caused as a result of the defect but
fortunately no crashes.
The Dodge airbag issue has come to light concurrently with a government
investigation into the "hackablity" of
1.4 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles. According to reports, hackers managed to gain control over a Jeep Cherokee
SUV and control it via the web. The National Highway Traffic & Safety
Administration is investigating.
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Takata and FCA are not the only ones to grapple with an embarrassing recall
this year. See here:
Repercussions of the Volvo Safety Test Debacle.