Fiat Chrysler, the manufacturer of Jeep vehicles, recalled over 228,000 Cherokee model cars made in 2014 and 2015. These vehicles have experienced sudden airbag deployment when not involved in a crash. The unexpected deployment startles drivers and may lead to crashes, even causing shrapnel to fly at passengers when the airbags inflate with extreme force. The company states that the reported incidents were the result of sudden changes in direction of travel, specifcally in off-road situations. The company states it is not aware of any accidents or injuries. The Jeeps affected by the recall are located mostly in the U.S. and Canada and the dealers of these cars will recalibrate the software responsible for the deployment of the airbags. Many other car manufacturers are experiencing similar issues with inadvertent airbag deployment and have already issued recalls; these include cars made by Toyota, Honda, Pontiac, Dodge, and Acura. Some of these vehicles that were initially repaired needed a second fix as the airbags continued to suddenly deploy in some cases.
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