By Matt Schmitz on February 15, 2013
Chrysler is recalling 3,660 model-year 2003 and 2004 Dodge Viper performance sports cars due to a problem that could cause the airbags to deploy unexpectedly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected vehicles were manufactured between Nov. 1, 2001, and June 30, 2004. A component in the airbag control module may fail, causing the front airbags or seat belt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently, increasing the likelihood of a crash.
Chrysler will begin notifying owners of the recall this month, and dealers will repair the vehicles for free once a remedy is made available later this year. Owners with questions may call Chrysler at 800-247-9753 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236. They also can go to www.safercar.gov.
The Viper recall is an expansion of one last year involving similar airbag and seat belt pretensioner issues in 744,822 model-year 2002-03 Jeep Liberty small SUVs and model year 2002-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.
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