FCA pickups linked to reports of crash death and 2 injuries

FCA is on its way to recall more than 1.25 million pickups worldwide for a software error linked to reports of crash death and 2 injuries. This erroneous code could temporarily disable the side airbag and deployment seat of belt pretensioners- which reduce seat belt slack during impacts during a vehicle rollover spurred by a significant under body impact, such as striking on road debris or driving off-road.

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The company will reprogram computer modules in the affected vehicles to address this error. An FCA spokesman said the likelihood of an incident was very low because a sequence of events was needed to cause an incident. There is no definitive proof the error was involved in two accidents, one of which resulted in a fatality, but the automaker was conducting the recall proactively, he said. The spokesman declined to say whether the code was produced inhouse or by an FCA supplier.

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