Chrysler Recalls Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer Due to Airbag Interference Risk
On August 3, 2023, Chrysler (FCA US, LLC) issued a significant recall affecting 44,708 units of 2022-2023 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer vehicles. The recall concerns a serious safety issue where the upper B-pillar interior trim might not be fully seated, which could potentially interfere with the side curtain airbag (SABIC) deployment.
The compromised deployment of the SABIC can reduce occupant protection in the event of a crash, thereby increasing the risk of injury. The issue leads these vehicles to fail in compliance with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 226, titled “Ejection Mitigation.”
The problem with the B-pillar trim could have significant consequences in a collision, where the proper deployment of airbags is crucial to reduce the impact and risk of ejection.
The affected vehicles include:
– Jeep Grand Wagoneer (Model Years 2022-2023)
– Jeep Wagoneer (Model Years 2022-2023)
To address this safety concern, Chrysler dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and reseat or replace the trim pieces as necessary. This will be carried out free of charge to the vehicle owners.
Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed by Chrysler on September 22, 2023. This will inform all affected customers about the recall and the necessary steps to take to remedy the issue.
Owners of the affected Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models are encouraged to contact FCA US, LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. When contacting, please refer to the Chrysler recall number, 76A, to ensure swift assistance.
Additionally, concerns and inquiries can also be directed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or the NHTSA website at www.nhtsa.gov.
The recall of the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models is a significant safety concern for all affected owners. If you own one of the recalled vehicles, it is strongly recommended to reach out to Chrysler or a certified dealer to have the B-pillar trim inspected and corrected as necessary.
Chrysler is committed to rectifying this problem swiftly and ensuring the safety of its customers. Cooperation from owners in promptly addressing this issue will be essential in preventing potential accidents or injuries resulting from this defect.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the defective airbag associated with the recalled Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models, it’s essential to take immediate action to protect your rights and well-being. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what you should do:
- Seek Medical Attention: Your health and safety are the top priority. If you’ve been injured, seek immediate medical attention. Even if your injuries seem minor, a thorough medical examination can uncover potential issues that may not be apparent initially.
- Document the Incident: Keep detailed records of the incident, including photographs of the injuries, the vehicle, and the specific area of the airbag defect. Collect any relevant medical records, including diagnoses, treatment plans, and expenses. These documents can be vital evidence if you decide to pursue legal action.
- Report the Incident: Notify the local authorities about the accident, and make sure to get a copy of the police report. Contact Chrysler (FCA US, LLC) and your car insurance company to report the incident as well.
- Preserve the Vehicle: If possible, keep the vehicle in its post-accident condition. It may serve as crucial evidence in demonstrating how the defect contributed to the injury.
- Consult with One of Our Attorneys: Consider seeking legal counsel, especially if your injuries are significant. Contact us to speak with one of our attorneys who has experience in product liability cases. We can help you understand your rights and determine the best course of action. We can also guide you through the complexities of pursuing compensation from the manufacturer or other responsible parties.
- Do Not Accept Quick Settlements: If approached by representatives of Chrysler or insurance companies with settlement offers, be cautious. It’s often advisable to consult with your attorney before accepting any offers, as they may not fully cover your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, or other damages.
- Report the Incident to Regulatory Authorities: Consider reporting the incident to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as your information may help them in their ongoing investigation into this issue.
Injuries stemming from a defective airbag are serious and can have long-term consequences. It is crucial to act diligently, focusing on your medical needs, preserving evidence, and seeking professional legal guidance if necessary. By following these steps, you can ensure that your rights are protected, and you put yourself in the best position to receive the compensation you may be entitled to.
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