Chrysler Group is recalling a pair of its commercial van lines over problems with passenger protection systems.
The larger recall involves 24,497 2014 Ram ProMaster vans built this summer. The head restraints do not meet federal spec. The official recall (NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V533000) is summarized below.
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling all model year 2014 Ram ProMaster vans manufactured July 1, 2013, to August 26, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been manufactured with head restraints that exceed the maximum backset measurement limit of 55mm. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 202a, “Head Restraints.”
If the vehicle is struck from behind, the head restraint may not properly limit the seat occupant’s head movement rearward, increasing the risk of injury.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the head restraints, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P53.
The second Chrysler recall involves 18,245 model year 2013-2015 Ram C/V Tradesman cargo vans (NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V528000):
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Ram C/V Tradesman cargo vans, equipped with two front bucket seats and no rear seating, manufactured July 25, 2012, to August 20, 2014. In the affected vehicles, road hazards such as potholes may cause the front passenger side curtain and/or seat air bags to deploy unexpectedly.
Inadvertent air bag deployment can increase the risk of crash or injury to the seat occupant.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the software in the Occupant Restraint Control (ORC) module, free of charge. The recall began October 3, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P51.
In any recall, owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/campaign/safercargov?redirect-safercar-sitewide.