Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.33M vehicles over airbag and fire concerns

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Fiat Chrysler said Friday it is recalling over 1.3 million vehicles worldwide to fix malfunctioning alternators that can potentially spark fires and a wiring problem that can make air bags inflate unexpectedly.

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The wiring recall covers nearly 771,000 Dodge Journey and Fiat Freemont SUVs from 2011 through 2015. The company says wires can chafe against steering wheel trim, causing electrical short-circuits. That can set off the driver's front air bags, cause wipers to come on unexpectedly, cause switches to fail or illuminate the air bag warning lights.

Customers who see any of the issues should contact a dealer. Dealers will install a covering on the wires or replace them if needed. FCA says it knows of five minor injuries but no crashes.

The alternator recall affects nearly 566,000 Chrysler 300s, Dodge Challengers and Chargers and Durango SUVs from 2011 through 2014. Also covered are certain 2012 to 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees.

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The company said it is aware of two potentially related accidents but no injuries.

The alternators can wear prematurely. That could cause engine stalling, compromise antilock brakes and electronic stability control and lead to fires. Basic braking isn't affected. Dealers will replace the alternators, the company said.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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