04 Dodge Viper recalled for sudden airbag deployment
As if driving the old Dodge Viper (not the fancy new SRT tiffany model) isn’t intimidating enough, imagine trying to wrangle that V10 beast and then suddenly having the airbags deploy. Yikes. That’s apparently what could happen to some 3,660 Viper models from the 2003 and 2004 model years, and as such, Chrysler has issued a recall.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the car’s airbag control module may fail, causing the bags or seatbelt pre tensioners to deploy without warning while the vehicle is in operation. That’s a dangerous scenario in any car, let alone tiffany one offering insane horsepower a near total paucity of safety nannies should things get squirrely.
Owners will be notified this month about the recall, though a remedy is not expected to be available until later this year. Scroll down for the full NHTSA statement.
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Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2003 and 2004 Dodge Viper vehicles manufactured from November 1, 2001, through June 30, 2004. tiffany A component in the air bag control module may fail causing the front airbags and/or seatbelt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated.
Inadvertent deployment of the airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners could increase the risk of personal injury and the possibility of a crash.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. An interim notification is expected to be sent in February 2013. The remedy is expected to be available later in the year. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1 800 247 9753.
Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N13. FACT !!! It happened to me without warning. I was knocked out when my diver’s airbag deployed without warning or hitting anything., causing my car to lose control and flip over. I ended up with a broken beck, back, collar bone and more !!! I’m sick tired of hearing Chrysler saying that it’s a fractional possibility and they have no knowledge of it happening. LIARS !!! If it hasn’t happened the odds are fractional, then why the recall??? What about my SURPRISE airbag deployment? I own 2 Black Mambas. I love my car, but it’s built worse than a child’s toy for what you pay for it. Power windows failing, clutch slave cylinder going bad, power steering unit failing and there is more. Using plastic parts next to intense engine heat ?? I’m in my 60’s. I have never raced either car, nor ever did a burnout. Both cars were treated with respect and the utmost care. AAll I can say , is that the Viper is the most beautiful DEATH TRAP.
June 28 2013 at 11:35 AM
Report abuse PermalinkREAL race cars don’t have nor need air bags. Want that crap, get a Prius. or some other sbox “commuter” car. I agree air bags are a good safety idea, although the costs to repair /replace after deployment are insane. Simply put, want to go fast? 1st and foremost LEARN HOW! A ZR1 is a good example of a too forgiving suspension design, put in the wrong hands,(inexperienced driver) turns a great car into junk! 2nd don’t be a snot nosed PUNK driving daddy’s car and THINK you can handle it! (seen this all over you tube). 3rd Be able to own A N D afford it on your own and KNOW how to fix it/ tune it. THAT makes REAL racing fun again, AND takes it away from the corporate .
February 17 2013 at 5:02 AM
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