Chrysler recalls nearly 30,000 Fiat 500L cars for airbag glitch

Chrysler Group is recalling 29,500 Fiat 500L cars from the 2014-15 model years to replace knee airbags that may not deploy in the correct position if the driver is not wearing a seatbelt.

The recall covers 25,500 vehicles in the United States and 4,000 in Canada. About one-third of the affected vehicles are currently on dealer lots, Chrysler said Wednesday.

Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said the knee airbags deploy in the event of an accident but “they do not meet the requirements for unbelted passengers.”

The airbags will be replaced, he said.

If a passenger is not belted, they may not be in an ideal position to benefit from any protection from the knee airbags.

No injuries related to the issue have been reported, the company said in a statement. Owners will be notified within 60 days and can have the repair made at any registered Chrysler dealership free of charge.

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