2003-'04 Dodge Viper Recalled for Inadvertent Airbag Deployment


  • 2004 Dodge Viper Picture

    2004 Dodge Viper Picture

    Chrysler is recalling 3,660 2003-'04 Dodge Vipers because the airbags may deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated. | February 15, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Chrysler is recalling 3,660 2003-'04 Dodge Vipers because the airbags may deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated.
  • Chrysler told federal safety regulators that there have been no inadvertent airbag deployments in the recalled Vipers.
  • The remedy is expected to be available later in the year.

WASHINGTON — Chrysler is recalling 3,660 2003-'04 Dodge Vipers because the airbags may deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"A component in the airbag control module may fail, causing the front airbags and/or seatbelt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "Inadvertent deployment of the airbags and/or seatbelt pretensioners could increase the risk of personal injury and the possibility of a crash."

Chrysler told federal safety regulators that there have been no inadvertent airbag deployments in the recalled Vipers. The new Viper recall is part of a 2012 recall of 748,482 Chrysler vehicles, including the 2002-'03 Jeep Liberty and 2002-'04 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Chrysler said it decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall of the Viper due to similarities in electrical architecture to the recalled Liberty and Grand Cherokee vehicles.

The affected Vipers were built from November 1, 2001 through June 30, 2004.

Dodge dealers will install an in-line jumper harness with an integrated electrical noise filter to fix the vehicles. An interim notification is expected to be sent to owners in February. The remedy is expected to be available later in the year. Owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.

Edmunds says: If you own the aforementioned Dodge Viper, you'll have to sit tight as the automaker waits for parts to become available.

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