Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India has issued official communication that 1,200 Jeep Compass SUVs will be recalled in India for airbag replacement. The recall is due to faulty passenger front airbag, which Jeep states has loose fasteners.
This can affect the efficient working of the airbag in the event of a collision. Though no untoward incident has been reported to-date, the company has issued a recall of all 1,200 Jeep Compass SUVs delivered in India. These will be recalled, checked and necessary modifications carried by dealers free of cost.
The fasteners, i.e. nuts, bolts or plastic clips appear to be loosely fitted in the airbag compartment. These can puncture the airbag when packed or cause a puncture when the airbag deploys in any emergency situation. The company has noted this discrepancy in both right hand drive sold in India and left hand drive cars in US markets. Jeep has also issued a recall of over 7,000 left hand drive models in America, manufactured during the period September 5 to November 19, 2017, over the same issue.
Dealers will be contacting customers individually to bring in their Jeep Compass SUVs for inspection and replacement of passenger airbags. Customers are also instructed to get in touch with their dealers and enquire if the recall affects their Jeep Compass. The company is not aware of any issues with regard to injuries, accident or warranty claims/complaints related to this issue.
Jeep Compass was launched in India in July 2017. As per data from Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, (SIAM) the company has sold a total of 7,561 units in India till October 2017. The SUV is being built at Fiat’s Ranjangaon plant where world class production methods are followed which includes hot stamping and laser welding. Jeep Compass is priced from INR 15.21 lakhs to INR 21.42 lakhs.