Fiat Chrysler Automotive is at it again. “It” being the recall of another million vehicles. This time, it’s because the brand badges embedded in the steering wheels can fly off during a collision and cause injury.
It’s true! Three different makes and models from FCA are part of this recall. If you drive a 2008-2010 Chrysler Town & Country, a 2008-2020 Dodge Caravan, or a 2007-2011 Dodge Nitro, watch your mailbox for a recall announcement. FCA announced that they know of at least 14 injuries caused by these flying emblems.
The emblem on the steering wheel is the culprit here. If the driver’s airbag deploys, the emblem could pop off and become a projectile, according to the recall announcement.
Furthermore, if the emblem has already come off during normal use of the vehicle, drivers still aren’t in the clear. Apparently, the fasteners could “shoot at occupants in the event of a crash,” per a tip from CNET.
First Takata airbags, now this? Reading between the lines, it seems like the steering wheel emblems were poorly attached to begin with. Given the narrow window of model years, it’s likely that FCA tried something a little different with the wheel design before changing their minds.
Unfortunately, that means almost a million people have been driving around with the vehicular equivalent of a pipe bomb pointed at their faces.
FCA plans to notify registered drivers by August 26. There is currently no warning against driving the affected vehicles. If your vehicle is part of the recall, you’ll get a redesigned airbag cover installed, free of charge.
Hyundai Elantras Are Rolling Fire Hazards
Fiat Chrysler wasn’t the only automaker to announce a recall today. Hyundai is pulling 272,000 Elantra, Sonata, Accent, and Veloster vehicles off the road.
These vehicles, all with model years of 2011 or 2012, can catch on fire. Specifically, the electrical socket in the dashboard may overheat and catch fire. Hyundai reports nine incidents of fire, though no injuries.
This issue seems weirdly specific, as the fires occur when using an air compressor plugged into the socket in order to inflate the tires of the vehicle. If you drive any of the Hyundais listed above, don’t plug in your air compressor to the dashboard socket!
Longtime readers of the site–or long-suffering owners of an Elantra–may remember that these cars were already recalled for a different fire risk. In the earlier recall, the issue was the anti-lock brake module. The cars could catch on fire while parked.