Car manufacturer has to recall nearly a half million vehicles over safety issue JD Pooley/Getty Images

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has voluntarily issued a recall of some model Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge vehicles due to a problem with active head restraints. reports the recall impacts nearly half a million vehicles, 414,134 of which are in the U.S. The models affected are the 2012 Jeep Liberty, 2012-2013 Chrysler 200s, and the 2012-2013 Dodge Avenger.

The active head restraints in vehicles are designed to move forward in a rear-impact crash, thus lessening the risk of whiplash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made an inquiry into possible issues, and FCA found that the restraint systems degrade because of extensive vehicle use.

FCA is sending notices to all affected owners so that they can get the vehicles into their local dealerships for replacement.

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