Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Recalling 900,000 More Cars for Bad Brakes, Airbags
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Friday that it would recall nearly 900,000 cars worldwide — including more than 550,000 cars in the U.S. — for defective airbag and brake systems.
The company said some 2003 Jeep Liberty and 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee models were fitted with faulty airbags that could deploy. The automaker acknowledged that seven injuries had been caused by the airbags, which were not made by Takata. In all, 284,089 cars are affected by that recall.
Additionally, the company said more than 275,000 Dodge Journey models from 2012-2015 may have defective anti-lock brake systems that could fail due to excess moisture.
In its third-quarter filing, FCA reported a $331 million loss, in part, because of a $667 million charge the company took for future recall costs, according to Automotive News. The company said it changed its accounting methods to account for future recall costs and repairs. The automaker announced that it anticipated more, costlier recalls in the future in the “automotive regulatory environment.”
The automaker said sales in the U.S. were up 6.9 percent on higher demand for SUVs and pickups.
This month, FCA announced that former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater would oversee that company’s recall compliance as part of a record agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to the automaker, no injuries have been reported on Dodge Journeys with defective brake systems.
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