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Odd recall expanded (corrected)

by David Zatz on

Even as Chrysler cautioned that it was unnecessary, the company expanded an airbag recall on front passenger-side air-bag inflators from a product family code-named “PSPI.” The recall, which involves a type of Takata airbag inflators which has not been clearly identified as problematic, has now spread to new states.

Chrysler asserted that they were:

unaware of any injuries or accidents involving PSPI inflators of the type covered by this campaign, nor has a Chrysler Group investigation identified a defect in these components. Further, laboratory tests on nearly 600 such inflators did not result in any failures. The inflators affected by this campaign differ in design and construction from PSPI inflators used by other auto makers. They also benefited from a more robust manufacturing process.

However, at NHTSA’s request, the company has expanded the recall to the following vehicles, if they were “provided they were purchased, ever registered or still registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan and the U.S. Virgin Islands:”

  • 2003-05 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup
  • 2003-05 Dodge Durango
  • 2005 Chrysler 300/300C/SRT8 or Dodge Magnum
  • 2005 Dodge Dakota

Customers will start getting notifications on February 8; around 70,000 cars and trucks were in the first recall, and an additional 139,115 are affected by the expansion. The company wrote:

Chrysler Group is [also] replacing passenger-side air-bag inflators from a product-family code-named “SPI,” in an estimated 149,150 model-year 2003 pickup trucks … ever registered  or originally purchased in seven U.S. states and five U.S. territories.

The third action covers 39,409 vehicles also affected by the initial regional field action. Affected customers will be notified beginning Jan. 19.

Chrysler Group has not identified an inflator defect in any of its vehicles. However, the Company is committed — out of an abundance of caution — to replacing these components in an estimated total of 617,573 older-model cars, trucks and SUVs.

Customers with questions or concerns may call 1-800-853-1403.

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