2017 Chrysler Pacifica recalled for seatbelt flaw

2017 Chrysler Pacifica (photo by Jill Ciminillo)

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling select 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. More than 3,500 vehicles in America are affected.

According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the seatbelt clips in some Pacifica vehicles may break, which could preventing occupants from being properly restrained. The problem affects seatbelts for the second- and third-row center seats.

The bad news is, this is a serious problem--one that could dramatically increase the risk of injury to passengers during a crash.

The good news is, FCA knows of no accidents or injuries related to the issue.

The recall is limited to 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans built between February 22, 2016 and April 28, 2016. All told, 3,518 vehicles registered in the U.S. are affected.

FCA will mail recall notices to owners, encouraging them to schedule repairs with their local dealerships. Dealers will inspect overhead seatbelt stow clips for the second- and third-row seats and replace them at no charge to consumers.

If you own one of these vehicles and have questions, contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall S42. You can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #16V490000.

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