WASHINGTON — Fiat-Chrysler is recalling 284,153 2011-'14 Dodge Charger sedans in the United States because the side curtain airbags and seatbelt pretensioners may deploy unexpectedly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The side-impact sensor calibrations may be overly sensitive," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "Airbags that unexpectedly deploy increase the risk of a crash or injury."
The automaker told federal safety regulators that as of July 10, 2015, it is aware of three minor injuries and no accidents related to the recall.
Owners of these vehicles are being told "to exercise caution when closing doors," said Fiat-Chrysler in a statement posted on its Web site on Saturday.
The Charger recall follows a similar recall of 667,406 2013-'15 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks in the United States to fix airbags that may deploy unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash or injury.
A company investigation into the 2011-'14 Charger found that "inadvertent side curtain airbag deployment may occur if the vehicles' doors are kicked or slammed with excessive force," Fiat-Chrysler said.
The automaker said it launched the probe into the affected Chargers following the Ram recall in July.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should schedule a service appointment with their dealer once they receive their official recall notice. They should also refrain from slamming their doors with excessive force.