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Japan tsunami fallout: Chrysler recalls nearly half a million vehicles

- The Washington Times - Friday, July 5, 2013

A head-restraint malfunction in several of Chrysler's models led it to preemptively recall almost half a million vehicles.

The problem: A "potentially faulty microcontroller entered the supply chain after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a worldwide microcontroller shortage," Chrysler Group said in a statement.

CNN reported that the defect could lead to faulty head-restrain function. Head-restraints are supposed to automatically move during rear-impact crashes in a way that protects against neck injuries.

The company says it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries connected to the defect.

The recall affects 442,000 vehicles sold in America and 25,000 sold in Canada. It also impacts 10,000 in Mexico and 12,000 in various other spots, CNN reported.

The makes and models affected are: the 2011 to 2013 Chrysler Sebrings, Chrysler 200s and Dodge Avengers; the 2011 to 2012 Dodge Nitro SUVs; and the 2011 to 2013 Jeep Liberty SUVs.

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