Chrysler is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2013 model year seven-passenger Durango SUVs over concerns that some side airbags may fail to function properly.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of vehicle potentially involved as 1,449. Affected vehicles were produced from April 11, 2012 through July 20, 2012.
Documentation from Chrysler (PDF) describes the issue in more detail. In brief, some 2013 Dodge Durango SUVs may have been built with the incorrect airbag occupant restraint control (ORC) module, one designed for the two-row, five-passenger Durango, not the three-row, seven-passenger model. The modules had been mislabeled.
Improper modules could result in the supplemental side airbag inflatable curtain failing to deploy as intended if the vehicle is hit from the side impact and to the rear of the second-row seat. Such an airbag failure increases the risk of injuries to vehicle occupants.
In a statement, Chrysler said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the defect. The automaker also said that most vehicles involved in the recall are still on dealer lots.
Chrysler will notify owners of the vehicles involved in the campaign and dealers will replace the ORC module at no charge. The Chrysler safety recall campaign, number M25, is expected to begin during September 2012.
In the meantime, 2013 Dodge Durango owners with any questions or concerns may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V391000.