Stellantis recalls 332,000 vehicles due to defective seat belt sensor

Stellantis is recalling 332,000 Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Jeep vehicles because the sensors on the seat belt connectors are not working properly.

The recall affects the following Stellantis vehicles:

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia, model years 2017-2024
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio, model years 2018-2025
  • Fiat 500E, model year 2024
  • Fiat 500X, model years 2019-2023
  • Jeep Renegade, model years 2019-2023

Stellantis reported that it had received 578 reports of the faulty sensor as of June 26, but there have been no known accidents or injuries related to the issue.

“A seat belt buckle sensor may not be properly connected, causing the front seat airbag to not deploy properly,” Stellantis said in the recall. documents filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The defective sensors were installed in the vehicles between September 2016 and June 2024. Stellantis said it will fix the sensor issue free of charge to owners “by directly soldering the sensor to the wiring harness with a solder tube.” The company said owners should take their vehicles to a local dealer for repairs.

Alfa Romeo, Fiat or Jeep owners who need repairs will be notified by Stellantis by mail around August 22. Owners who have already paid for repairs to the sensor issue can be reimbursed by Stellantis after submitting the original receipt for the service, the company said.

Owners with questions about the recall should contact Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at (800) 853-1403 and reference number 82B. Owners can also contact NHTSA at (888) 327-4236.

The seatbelt sensor is the latest in a series of recalls for Stellantis this year. Last month, the automaker called out nearly 1.2 million vehicles in the U.S. and Canada to fix a software bug that can disable rearview cameras. The recall covers Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ram pickup trucks and SUVs.

In March Stellantis also came recalled Thousands of Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 vehicles were recalled due to a manufacturing defect that could have caused airbags to rupture, sending metal fragments through the cabin. In February, the company recalled more than 338,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees due to a problem with their ball joints that could cause drivers to lose control, potentially resulting in a crash.

Stellantis was formed in 2021 when Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles formally merged with France's Groupe PSA. Stellantis also produces Chrysler, Dodge and Ram Truck vehicles in the U.S., along with a number of foreign brands including Citroën, Opel and Peugeot.

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