Chrysler recently announced that it will recall around 409,000 Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles worldwide due to a software error that could prevent airbags and seatbelts from working in a crash. The software problem is the latest in a string of recalls in the Jeep line, which some have speculated may damage consumer confidence.
Certain model year 2010-2012 Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles manufactured from May 6, 2008 through July 20, 2012 contain the error, which was detailed in a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bulletin. More than 250,000 units are affected domestically and around 409,000 are affected worldwide.
“In the event of a rollover necessitating airbag deployment, the software error can lead to a delayed deployment or non-deployment of the side curtain airbag and/or seatbelt pre-tensioners,” the NHTSA notice explained. “As a result, vehicle occupants have an increased risk of injury in a crash.”
Chrysler said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries as a result of the defect. It plans to notify dealers and owners and correct the software free of charge beginning in July.
The recall announcement comes alongside a separate recall of 220,000 Jeep Wranglers, which contain an error in the transmission, Automotive News reported. It also comes in the wake of Chrysler’s unusual refusal to recall 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty models dating back to 1994 despite a NHTSA request. The company claimed that those vehicles were built in compliance with safety standards at the time.
The ongoing string of issues could be a cause for concern among some consumers. As automakers look to reassure the public, adhering to safety best practices to avoid software errors and other issues can be critical. Following coding standards such as MISRA is important for ensuring automotive software operates smoothly. Using tools such as static analysis, carmakers can better achieve MISRA compliance by catching errors as they arise.
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