332,000 Jeep, Fiat and Alfa Romeo models recalled over faulty seat belt buckle sensors

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Stellantis has recalled 332,000 Alfa Romeo, Jeep, and Fiat vehicles in the United States due to faulty seat belt sensors. Included in the recall are certain 2017-2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia and 2018-2025 Stelvio models along with 2019-2023 Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, and 2024 Fiat 500E models.

According to documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “A disrupted connector on the buckle switch hall effect may affect the conduction on the connectors of the seat wiring and buckle which may cause the front seat air bag to not perform as expected during a crash.” In more simple terms, the sensor that tells the vehicle’s onboard computer if an occupant’s seat belt is buckled may fail. If this happens, an airbag may not inflate in the event of a crash as intended. As of June 26, 2024, Stellantis says it has identified 578 field reports in North America potentially related to this issue.

“The remedy will be to replace the connector by directly wiring the sensor to the harness with a solder tube,” according to documentation provided by Stellantis. All repairs will be made free of charge.

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