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Dodge Chargers with touchy air bags being recalled

There's an oldie goldie by the late singer Jim Croce that carries a refrain about things you should never do. Things like not tugging on Superman's cape and spitting into the wind. We're not sure what would happen if you tugged on that cape, but anyone who's ever been guilty of breaking that second law knows it can get messy.

It's sometimes hard to know what will trigger a bad reaction in someone or something. This is something that a lot of owners of Dodge Chargers may have discovered unexpectedly. It turns out that if you slam the doors a bit too hard on some sedan models, the passenger side air bag can deploy.

The situation is prompting a recall of more than 320,000 Charger sedan models built from 2011 to 2014. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the problem is that some sensors on the Occupant Restraint Control system have been found to be a little overly sensitive.

The bags can deploy as a result of not only door slams, but also kicks and what NHTSA describes as "heavy road inputs." We presume that means hitting big bumps. The recall is being made so that the sensors can be recalibrated to be less touchy. It's not clear exactly how the recall will be managed, but the company says the fix will be done free of charge.

Fiat Chrysler says it is aware of only 25 complaints about the ORC issue. In three instances, victims suffered injuries.

This is particularly upsetting news in light of the even more massive recall of air bags made by Takata Corp. and one other company. Tens of millions of cars are affected by that action. The concern is that the bags can inflate so explosively that passengers can be killed or injured by flying shrapnel.

As we have noted previously, these kinds of issues likely have a lot of Texas drivers wondering if they are safer in air bag-equipped vehicles or not. It's good to keep in mind that whether injury is caused by a faulty auto part or another driver's negligence, the right to seek compensation stands.

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