Fiat Chrysler Recalling Dodge Chargers Over Air-Bag Flaw

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The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8.

Photographer: Webb Bland/Chrysler Group LLC via Bloomberg

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is recalling 284,153 Dodge Chargers for an air-bag flaw, a week after the company agreed to pay a record penalty for lagging efforts to address safety defects in millions of cars and trucks.

The action affects four-door Chargers built from May 6, 2010, through June 5, 2014, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website Saturday.

The defect could lead side air-bag inflatable curtains and seat air-bags to deploy unexpectedly, raising the risk of crash and injury. Air-bags could inflate if the car door is slammed too hard, or following “heavy road inputs,” NHTSA said.

As of July 10, the company was aware of three minor injuries and no accidents potentially related to the issue. Fiat Chrysler hasn’t yet set a notification schedule.

Fiat Chrysler on July 27 agreed to pay a $105 million penalty and instigate a corrective action plan following a U.S. Department of Transportation investigation into how the company handled 23 different recalls to fix defects in more than 11 million cars and trucks. The company agreed to hire an independent monitor to oversee future recalls.

As part of the agreement with regulators, Fiat Chrysler agreed to buy back more than a half-million vehicles -- mostly Ram pickup trucks -- whose defective suspension parts could cause a loss of control, according to NHTSA. Fiat Chrysler estimates more than 60 percent of those vehicles have already been repaired, leaving fewer than 200,000 eligible for a buy-back.

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