2011 Dodge Durango

Chrysler has barely begun production of the 2013 Dodge Durango, but it's already encountered problems that have led to a recall. An incorrect airbag module was installed in roughly 1,500 of the early-production, seven-passenger Durango models. According to Chrysler, these vehicles received mislabeled modules intended for the five-passenger version. In a crash, this could lead to the side-curtain airbag not deploying for the third row.

Chrysler says most of the vehicles that were incorrectly assembled have yet to be sold, but those that have will be repaired by dealers starting in September.

Scroll down to read Chrysler's statement on the situation, as well as the full recall report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Statement – Dodge Durango module
August 10, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group will recall 1,661 model-year 2013 Dodge Durango SUVs to replace occupant-restraint control modules. The 7-passenger vehicles were assembled with mislabeled modules designed for 5-passenger vehicles. An incorrect module could diminish side airbag function in some collisions. Chrysler Group is unaware of any associated accidents or injuries. Most of the affected vehicles are still in the hands of dealers. The repair will be performed at no cost to affected customers.

Report Date : August 16, 2012 at 10:52 AM

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V391000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
DODGE / DURANGO 2013

Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC Mfr's Report Date: AUG 07, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V391000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,449

Summary:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from April 11, 2012, through July 20, 2012. Some vehicles may have been built with the incorrect airbag occupant restraint control (ORC) module.

Consequence:
In the event of a side impact, rearward of the second row seat, the supplemental side air bag inflatable curtain may not deploy as intended, increasing the risk of occupant injury.

Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ORC module, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during September 2012. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

Notes:
This is Chrysler recall number M25. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.