Chrysler recalls 184,215 SUVs for air bag defect

Rain drops rest on the hood of a Jeep Grand Cherokee at Bill DeLuca's dealerships in Haverhill, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Chrysler Group says its U.S. sales rose 19 percent in September thanks to strong demand for the new Jeep Cherokee SUV and the Ram pickup. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners.

The recall involves the 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Most are in the U.S., but 57,443 SUVs are in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere.

Chrysler says a short circuit in the restraint control module could cause the air bag warning lamps to illuminate. If that happens, the air bags and seat belt pretensioners may not work. Pretensioners tighten belts during a crash to hold occupants in place.

Chrysler says it’s unaware of any injuries related to the problem.

Ford recalled 850,000 vehicles last month for the same issue. Both companies used restraint control modules made by auto supplier Bosch.

Chrysler dealers will replace the modules for free.

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