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Fiat has announced a recall of 29,500 Fiat 500L hatchbacks in the US and Canadian markets due to concerns that the roomiest member of the Fiat range features knee airbags that won't deploy unless the occupant's seatbelt is fastened.

There have been no injuries reported due to this issue, which affects vehicles from model years 2014 and 2015. Of the nearly 30,000 vehicles covered in this recall, 25,500 come from the US market, while the remaining 4,000 are from Canada. It's not clear what the underlying cause of this issue is.

Fiat knows of no injuries relating to this problem. As per usual, owners will be notified and asked to report in for a free repair.

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Statement: Knee Airbags
July 30, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC will recall an estimated 29,500 cars to replace their knee airbags.

The action follows routine testing that suggests the supplemental restraint – designed to protect a driver's knees – may not deploy in the proper position if the driver is not wearing a seatbelt. Chrysler Group recommends that all vehicle occupants wear seatbelts.

The Company is unaware of any related injuries. The recall involves an estimated 25,500 model-year 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L models in the U.S., and 4,000 in Canada. Affected owners will be advised when they may schedule service, which will be performed at no cost to them.

In the interim, owners are advised to wear their seatbelts. Owners also may call Chrysler Group's Customer Information Center at 1-800-853-1403.


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      Mike Pulsifer
      • 1 Year Ago
      "... that won't deploy unless the occupant's seatbelt is fastened." Actually, I consider that a feature. It's called natural selection.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does anyone know people with these things?? I have a friend who has one and honestly I know cars from the 80s that felt more refined and solid than these 500 things. Its buzz, has creaks and rattles, it just feels like junk??
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
        I have one. My wife liked the 500L best after trying the Countryman (expensive), xB (cheap interior) and Soul (didn't feel sturdy). Keep in mind the 500L is a completely different car and feels quite a bit more upscale than the 500. Not sure how your friend took care of his car, but ours is super sturdy. My in-laws who like Mercedes-Benzes commented on how it felt great riding on the highway. I would NEVER have spent $25k on a cheap-feeling car.
        Bret Frohwein
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
        I have one.. and it does nothing you described.
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lolacaust
      Larry Litmanen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fix It Again Tony
      Andre Laplante
      • 1 Year Ago
      thats what you get for not wearing your seatbelt
      LJV
      • 1 Year Ago
      Study a few years ( http://ohsonline.com/Articles/2008/03/Study-Airbag-Use-Without-Seatbelt-Increases-Injury-Risk.aspx ) back stated it was worse to have active airbags without use of a belt than it was to have no belt or bags at all so I don't see a purpose behind this recall.
      Ian
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was discovered that they were Fiats?
      pickupmiami
      • 1 Year Ago
      FIAT..Fix It Again Tony
      Stinkyboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      my socks and shoes are not on my feet.
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