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Recalls: Chrysler, Ford Models for Issue with Restraint Control Module

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/14/2014 Joseph Capparella

Chrysler and Ford are both issuing recalls for the same issue with the supplemental restraint control module supplied by Bosch. For Chrysler’s recall, affected vehicles in the U.S. include 126,772 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee models, and Ford’s recall comprises 746,842 vehicles including the 2013-14 Ford C-Max, Ford Fusion, Ford Escape, and Lincoln MKZ.

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The Problem: Due to a problem with the coating on the restraint control modules, the modules may experience a crack. This could cause the modules may experience internal short-circuits, possibly causing the air bag light to illuminate. This could indicate that supplemental restraint system components like the airbag and seat-belt pretensioners are not active, and these systems may not operate correctly in a crash.

The Fix: Both Chrysler and Ford dealers will replace the restraint control module in affected vehicles free of charge. Owners should continue to use their seatbelts in the interim period before vehicles are fixed. Parts are not yet available for these recalls, but owners can contact their local dealer to schedule service once the remedy parts are in stock.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 746,842 Ford vehicles including the 2013-2014 Ford C-Max, Ford Fusion, Ford Escape, and Lincoln MKZ; and 126,772 2014 Dodge Durango and 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles in the U.S.

Source: Chrysler, Ford

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