What happens when the ultra-cute Fiat 500 is stretched more than two feet in length? It becomes a much more practical car, with two more doors, a roomy rear seat, and decent cargo space. It's too bad the Fiat 500L, which is based on a different platform than the diminutive 500, ultimately proves to be such a disappointment.
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The 2015 Fiat 500L has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls

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AIR BAGS
Sep 23, 2015
In the event of a crash, if the air bag does not inflate as designed, the front seat occupant is at an increased risk of injury.
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles manufactured April 23, 2015, to May 10, 2015. The affected vehicles may be equipped with a passenger frontal air bag that was not folded properly during the assembly process. As a result, the air bag may not deploy as designed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
What should you do:
Fiat will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall began on October 15, 2015. Owners may contact Fiat customer service at 1-888-242-6342. Chrysler's number for this recall is R54.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V590000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 15
AIR BAGS
Aug 06, 2014
If the knee airbag air bag does not deploy properly during a crash, there is an increased risk of driver injury.
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Fiat 500L vehicles manufactured March 3, 2012, to July 25, 2014. Irregularities in the folding process during assembly of the driver's knee airbag may result in its improper deployment. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
What should you do:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's knee air bag, free of charge. The recall began on September 26, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P42.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V481000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 25479
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