WASHINGTON — Fiat-Chrysler is recalling 112,001 vehicles, including the 2009 Dodge Journey SUV and 2008-'09 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans, to fix an airbag problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall also includes the 2009 Volkswagen Routan minivan.
"In the affected vehicles, the airbag control units may corrode and fail," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "If the airbag control unit fails, the airbags may not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury. Additionally, the airbags may inadvertently deploy, increasing the risk of a crash."
Fiat-Chrysler said it is aware of "seven potentially related injuries — all minor — but no related accidents."
Continental is the supplier, and the automaker said none of the affected vehicles are equipped with ammonium-nitrate inflators.
The affected Journey SUVs were built from December 31, 2007 to August 31, 2008. The affected Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans were built from June 18, 2007 to August 31, 2008. The Routan minivans were built from August 11, 2008 to August 31, 2008.
Dodge dealers, Chrysler dealers and Volkswagen dealers will replace the airbag control unit. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Fiat-Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.
Edmunds says: Dealers are waiting for parts. If you own one of these vehicles, it's best to stay in touch with your dealer for the latest information or wait for your official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment.