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Fiat Chrysler and Hyundai Issue Recalls For Millions Of Vehicles Globally

By September 19, 2016 at 6:33 am
Fiat Chrysler Cars (Photo : (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) (Photo: Joe Raedle, 2015 Getty Images))

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles based in the U.S. is issuing recall orders for approximately 1.9 million vehicles around the world for probable seat-belt and air-bag failures associated to at least five injuries and three deaths. South Korean firm Hyundai is also recalling approximately 41,000 small SUVs in the U.S. because of a software glitch that prevents the cars from accelerating.

Fiat announced Thursday that the vehicles' front-impact sensor wiring with a particular design and an occupant restraint control module can fail to deploy seat-belt restraints and air bags in some crashes.

The car maker said that it is no longer using these parts found in the vehicles affected.  Fiat said that it was "aware of three fatalities and five injuries that may potentially be related to this condition."

The car maker's recall will affect Dodge, Lancia and Jeep Chrysler vehicles from the 2010 to 2014 model years. Majority of these vehicles are in the U.S.  But there are 224,860 units which were sold in Mexico and Canada, while 284,051 were bought outside of North America.

Meanwhile, South Korean car maker Hyundai is struggling with vehicle problems due to a software glitch. The car maker was pressured by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because the glitch affects the car company's 2016 Tucson vehicles equipped with seven-speed, dual-clutch auto transmission.

The company issued its recall starting Sept. 7. Its dealers were asked to reprogram the vehicles' transmission computer.

FCA will also recall the affected vehicles sold in Mexico which includes the 2010 Chrysler Cirrus small cars. Outside North America, FCA will also recall the Lancia Flavia cars, particularly the 2012 to 2013 models.

General Motors also has some problems of its own. It issued recall orders last week for 4.3 million vehicles due to defective software which causes seat belts and air bags to fail.

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