Fiat Chrysler recalls 50,000 Pacificas for seat belt issue


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 50,000 Pacifica minivans in the U.S. and Canada following a company-issued report that said fast driving could cause a second-row seat belt to unbuckle.
The recall applies to certain 2017-18 Pacifica minivans with the eight-passenger seating option.
The second-row center seat belt can inadvertently cause the left outboard seat belt to unlatch in cases in which the vehicle undergoes “extreme handling maneuvers,” FCA said in a statement Wednesday. This happens when the buckle’s release button comes in contact with an adjacent buckle.
The recall affects roughly 48,000 vehicles in the U.S. and 1,900 vehicles in Canada, FCA said in a statement on Wednesday.
Dealerships will replace the faulty second-row seat belts with those that are 19 mm shorter in webbing length, according to a report released Wednesday by U.S. safety regulators. The recall is scheduled to begin Oct. 20.
The issue was revealed during a test conducted by the company’s interior restraints engineering department and reported on May 12, documents say. The automaker says it’s not aware of any injuries pertaining to the issue and says customers will be alerted when the service is made available. In the meantime, the company advises customers to refrain from using the second-row center seat belt if other second-row seats are occupied.
The recall comes on the heels of a worldwide recall announced by the automaker on Tuesday that affects 494,000 Ram pickups. The water pump could overheat and potentially cause a fire.
Fuente: Automotive News