Dodge is only building 500 examples of the black-and-blue Mopar '13 Dart, but the majority of them are now being recalled. Part of the Mopar upgrade included replacing the stock seat skins in the Dart with black and blue Katzkin leather, but the seat-mounted side airbags were reinstalled improperly during the upfitting process, which could affect the performance of the front seat side airbags.

According to the official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bulletin, a total of 374 Mopar '13 cars are being recalled due to side airbags that might not deploy in a side-impact collision. There have been no reports of the airbags not going off, but Chrysler will still need to reinstall the bags to ensure proper deployment. The recall notice is posted below, which gives information for Mopar '13 owners to contact Chrysler and NHTSA.
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RECALL Subject : Side Air Bags may Deploy Improperly
Report Receipt Date:
NOV 06, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V555000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 374
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Dart vehicles manufactured May 10, 2013, through August 24, 2013 and equipped with the Mopar 13 trim package. In the affected vehicles, the front seat mounted side airbags (SAB) may not have been properly installed into the seat.

CONSEQUENCE:
In the event of a crash necessitating SAB deployment, the SABs may fail to deploy as intended, increasing the risk of injury.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the SAB installation and re-install them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N61.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good thing is nobody bought them, so they are all still at the dealerships. Easy recall.
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      The sure never had these problems when the car were made in Europe, I guess that is what happens when a car has to come to the United states and dumbed down for the US market...tough to take a step backwards to sell in the US.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        Yeah, because Fiats are KNOWN for their world-standard-setting quality! LOL!
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      No big deal.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill Burke
        Until you get into an accident and the airbag doesn't work as intended.
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really, Chrysler recalling something..............is that even news. I am sorry actually it is, because last time Chrysler refused to use a $9 part in its minivans that resulted in little kids being run over..................see the 60 minutes report on CBS.
        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        You know what part prevents little kids from being run over? It's free, and it's called the "eyeball." No part Chrysler installed or didn't is a substitute for that, or for personal responsibility. If you're depending on a $9 part to not run your rugrats over....buy it yourself.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        [blocked]
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      I didn't know you can order cat skin leather.