The Dodge Nitro is part of the recall for faulty airbag covers.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling almost 1 million vehicles because pieces of the driver’s-side airbag cover could act as dangerous projectiles during a crash.

The automaker says that parts of the plastic airbag cover can detach and strike occupants if the airbags deploy, and that it is aware of at least 14 injuries to drivers that may be related to this issue. The affected vehicles do not have airbags supplied by Takata, and the recall involves the airbag cover, not the airbag itself.

Until a free recall repair is completed, FCA says that owners of affected vehicles should not tamper with the plastic emblems attached to the airbag cover on the steering wheel.

The Details

Vehicles Recalled
• 2007 to 2011 Dodge Nitro SUVs
• 2008 to 2010 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans

The problem: Clips that are part of the airbag cover may loosen over time. If the airbag deploys, these clips—and the plastic emblem attached to the cover—may become projectiles that could injure the driver.

The fix: Dealers will replace the airbag cover, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: FCA says it will start notifying owners of affected vehicles next month. They may also call 800-853-1403.

NHTSA campaign number: NHTSA does not yet have a campaign number for this recall.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and this recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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Interior of the Chrysler Town & Country, which has been recalled for a faulty airbag cover.