July 30, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Chrysler recalls 29,500 Fiat 500 L cars for airbag glitch

Washington óFiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said Wednesday it will recall 29,500 new Fiat 500L cars in North America to replace knee-protecting air bags after testing showed they may fail to deploy in some cases.

The system designed to protect a driverís knees may not deploy in the proper position if the driver is not wearing a seat belt.

Chrysler Group LLC ó a unit of Fiat Chrysler ó said it is unaware of any related injuries. The recall involves an estimated 25,500 2014-2015 Fiat 500L models in the U.S., and 4,000 in Canada. Until fixes are made, owners are advised to always wear seat belts.

Itís the latest in a string of recalls for a variety of air bag-related issues this year by numerous major automakers.

Earlier this month, BMW AG said it would recall 1.6 million vehicles worldwide, including 574,000 cars in the United States, to replace faulty air bags. BMW was the latest to be stung by defective parts from Takata that have led to the recall of more than 10 million vehicles worldwide by seven automakers.