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Chrysler recalls old airbags

by David Zatz on

Chrysler is recalling front passenger-side air-bag inflators in around 149,150 2003-model-year pickups. While the company does not know of any problems with the airbags in the field or in lab testing, they have been linked to two problems in competitors’ vehicles (one in Puerto Rico and one in Florida).

The issue is related to persistent, high absolute humidity, and high temperatures, so the recall only affects pickups sold or registered in

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands. The only vehicle with this type of inflator is the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500. The company plans to notify affected customers starting January 19, 2015, by mail. The risk of problems is exceedingly small, but owners can call 800-853-1403 or, in late January, check with their dealer.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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