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Airbags may fail to deploy correctly in certain scenarios.

Chrysler is preparing to recall close to 30,000 new Fiat 500L hatchbacks to resolve an airbag issue.

Routine testing is said to have shown that the knee airbags may not deploy in the proper position if the driver is not wearing a seatbelt.

The company claims to be unaware of any injuries associated with the apparent problem, which affects 2014 and 2015 models sold in the US and Canada. A repair schedule has not yet been confirmed.

"In the interim, owners are advised to wear their seatbelts," Chrysler recommends.

The announcement marks the second recall for the roomier Fiat, which was first introduced in 2012. Another campaign, announced in March, focused on a transmission glitch that caused trouble when attempting to change gears or shift out of park.