Chrysler is recalling 120,000 of its full-size models because of problems with airbag warning lights that trigger for no apparent reason.
It’s the latest in a series of industry-wide safety-related problems involving faulty wiring that reflect the increasingly complexity of today’s high-tech automobiles. In some cases, the issues have been mere inconveniences, but in other instances the problems can lead to serious safety problems, such as vehicle fires and brake intervention systems that trigger for no obvious reason, leading to a potential loss of vehicle control.
The new Chrysler recall involves 119,500 of its Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans, as well as the Dodge Challenger muscle coupe. The airbag warning lights appear to trigger for no reason and do not mean that they have become deactivated.
The maker says it was advised of the problem though customer complaints and adds there have been no reports of injuries or accidents. It blames faulty wiring for the problem.
The recall covers vehicles produced between April through December of 2011, some marketed as 2011 models, others during the 2012 model-year
Owners will be notified of the problem starting this month and repairs will be made at no charge. The maker also plans to reimburse owners who have previously paid for warning light repairs.
The 2013 version of the Dodge Challenger was subject to a separate wiring-related recall announced less than a month ago. In this case, faulty wiring harnesses can overheat and lead to a fire. The maker went so far as to warn owners to park their vehicles until repairs could be made.