The first recall involves 770,853 vehicles worldwide, affecting model-year 2011-2015 Dodge Journeys in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as certain 2011-2015 Fiat Freemont crossovers sold outside North America.
The issue is that wires that may chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim, resulting in a short-circuit that could cause the driver-side front air bag to deploy inadvertently. There have been 5 minor car accidents linked to the problem, but no injuries were reported.
Before the air bags go off without warning, drivers might notice an illuminated air bag warning light, unintended windshield wiper operation, inoperable switches, or a combination of these problems.
The second recall involves 565,647 vehicles to replace the alternators. The recall involves 2011-2014 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Durango SUVs, as well as 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs with electro-hydraulic power steering.
The issue with the alternators may compromise the anti-lock braking system and electronic-stability control, but the brakes will still work. No injuries have been reported, but it may have caused two accidents.
Drivers who smell a burning odor, see smoke, or notice an instrument-cluster warning light should contact their dealers immediately.
Dealerships will repair vehicles for free and owners will be notified directly when they can get repairs done. For more information, contact Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Customer Service at 800-853-1403.
Source: Fiat Chrysler issues 2 recalls affecting more than 1.3 million vehicles globally