Software issue could deactivate passenger airbag

Fiat Chrysler has recalled the 2016-2018 Alfa Romeo Giulietta, over concerns drivers could deactivate the passenger-side airbag using the instrument panel.

According to the company, the passenger airbag may not deploy if the driver has disabled or switched it off using the menus in the car's instrument panel. The ability to turn the airbag off like this shouldn't exist, Alfa Romeo says, and increases the risk of injury if the car is involved in an accident.

A total of 741 vehicles are caught up in the campaign – a VIN list is attached here.

Affected owners will be contacted by Alfa Romeo, and advised to take their car to a dealership for a free software fix.