Lawsuit Says Dodge's Active Head Restraints Are Too Active

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Scott McCracken
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A Florida lawsuit says Fiat-Chrysler's (FCA) active head restraint is a little too active for their liking. The safety system tries to reduce whiplash by springing the head restraint forward in the event of a crash. However, the plastic brackets keeping the restraint in place are defective and allowing the the restraint to deploy randomly instead.

The allegedly defective piece of plastic holds a short metal rod that is latched into two metal hooks located on the back of the headrest…

As for why the plastic allegedly breaks, the lawsuit blames it on the material of the plastic bracket that cracks due to constant tension and stress forces. Once the plastic bracket fails, the metal rod is torn from its position and causes the active head restraint headrest to deploy.

Nothing makes you feel “safe” while driving quite like the threat of random concussions.

The proposed class-action lawsuit includes all current and former Florida owners and lessees of Dodge Avengers and Jeep Cherokees equipped with active head restraint systems.

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