Chrysler has announced that it has discovered a problem with the sensor that is tasked with determining the seat position on SRT Vipers covering the 2013 and 2014 model years and manufactured between November 28, 2012, and June 26, 2014.
In the affected vehicles, the sensor may think the seat is positioned closer to the airbag than it actually is, therefor decreasing the velocity at which the airbag would be deployed in the event of a crash and offer less protection than designed. Chrysler emphasizes that it is unaware of any injuries or accidents resulting from this issue.
Still, it is recalling 1,912 vehicles – 1,624 in the United States, 201 in Canada, 16 in Mexico and another 71 abroad – to fix the issue. Technicians are being instructed to instal a metal shim to enable the sensor to take an accurate reading. View details of the recall in the notices below from both Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
October 3, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group is voluntarily recalling an estimated 1,912 cars to improve seat-sensor function.
The action follows an investigation that discovered airbags on some vehicles may deploy less vigorously than intended because the sensor may determine a seat is positioned closer than it is. Chrysler Group is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.
Chrysler Group service technicians will install a shim designed to afford the sensor an accurate seat-position reading.
Affected are model-year 2013-14 SRT Vipers. An estimated 1,624 are in the U.S.; 201 are in Canada, 16 in Mexico and 71 outside the NAFTA region.
RECALL Subject : Incorrect Air Bag Deployment Velocity
Report Receipt Date: SEP 04, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V529000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,624
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 SRT Viper vehicles manufactured November 28, 2012, to June 26, 2014. Due to inaccurate seat position sensors, the frontal air bags may deploy with a lower velocity than designed for the actual seat position.
In the event of a vehicle crash necessitating air bag deployment, an air bag that deploys at a lower velocity than designed may increase the risk of personal injury.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a metal shim on the detection plate to correct the seat position sensor accuracy, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 24, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P52.
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.