Major recalls this week from Fiat Chrysler, Samsung, GE

Fiat Chrysler recall

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 1.9 million vehicles worldwide because their air bags might not deploy in a crash.

The recall affects certain Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Lancia vehicles from the 2010-2014 model years. Most are in the U.S., but 224,860 were sold in Canada and Mexico and 284,051 were sold outside North America.

FCA says an air-bag and seat-belt control module with a certain wiring design may not deploy the air bags or tighten the seat belts if the vehicle is involved in a frontal crash. That could increase the risk of injury.

FCA says it’s aware of three deaths and five injuries that may be related to the issue.

FCA will contact owners and replace the defective parts for free. The vehicles involved are:

  • 2010 Chrysler Sebring
  • 2010 Chrysler Cirrus
  • 2011-2014 Chrysler 200
  • 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber
  • 2010-2014 Dodge Avenger
  • 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot
  • 2010-2014 Jeep Compass
  • 2012-2013 Lancia Flavia

The recall is unrelated to General Motors Co.’s recall last week of more than 4 million vehicles with faulty air bag and seat belt modules. In that recall, a software glitch, not a wiring problem, was the issue.

Galaxy Note7 Smartphones

Samsung has recalled about 1 million Galaxy Note7 smartphones sold before September 15, 2016.

The lithium-ion battery in the smartphones can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers. Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the U.S., including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.

The recalled devices have a 5.7 inch screen and were sold in the following colors: black onyx, blue coral, gold platinum and silver titanium with a matching stylus. Samsung is printed on the top front of the phone and Galaxy Note7 is printed on the back of the phone.

The phones were sold through wireless carriers and electronic stores nationwide, including AT&T, Best Buy, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon stores and online from August 2016 through September 2016.

For more information, contact your wireless carrier or place of purchase, call Samsung toll-free at 844-365-6197 anytime, or visit Samsung’s website.

GE Washing Machines

General Electric has recalled three models of GE Profile high-efficiency top-loading clothes washers. About 222,000 were sold in the United States and approximately 450 were sold in Canada.

An electrical component in the washers can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The company received 71 reports of internal washer components burning or catching fire, including three reports of fires resulting in about $129,000 in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The washers come in gold, gray and white and measure about four cubic feet. “GE Profile” is printed on the front of the washers. The model number is located on the rear cover of the washer’s backsplash, above the water valve connections. Recalled washers include GE Profile models WPGT9350, WPGT9360 and WPGT9150. They were sold at Best Buy, Lowe’s, Sears, The Home Depot and other stores nationwide from June 2003 through October 2011.

For more information, call GE Appliances at 877-830-9732 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit GE Appliances’ website.

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