The defects in nearly 2 million Jeep and Chrysler vehicles could prevent airbags and automatic seatbelt tighteners from functioning correctly in the case of an accident, Fiat Chrysler (FCAM) said. It did not disclose the maker of the faulty equipment, although other recent recalls have been contributed to Takata, a manufacturer that Chrysler chose to continue to do business with despite recent problems.
“The company is aware of three fatalities and five injuries that may potentially be related to this condition,” it released in a statement.
According to the automaker, it no longer uses the faulty equipment. The faulty seatbelts and airbags were used in some Chrysler and Jeep models manufactured from 2010 to 2014.
Most of the vehicles, approximately 1.4 million, were sold in the United States. The remainder were sold in Canada (143,000), Mexico (82,000) and the rest of the world (284,000).
In April, the company also recalled 1.1 million cars and SUVs worldwide because of a gear selector problem that killed actor Anton Yelchin of Star Trek fame. The problem was a confusing gear selector that could lead some drivers to believe that their vehicle was in Park when it was not.