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.