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Chrysler Takata Recall Hits 5 Million

by David Zatz on

The Takata airbag inflator recall will affect over five million vehicles, according to the company. Many are likely no longer on the road, since the model years affected range from 2004 to 2011, and natural attrition (including crashes) naturally take some vehicles out of the pool, but it will still be a substantial expense for Fiat Chrysler and for Takata.

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The announcement came with a bolded note, “FCA US is unaware of any related injuries or accidents involving the newly affected vehicles. All affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service.”

The inflators are not the ones which have caused injuries in other automakers’ vehicles, and the recall replacements will likely not take place for some time as the NHTSA is prioritizing repairs. The first vehicles to be recalled will likely be the oldest cars, with the worst inflators, stationed in areas of high humidity. The last will likely be those in arid climates which are not closely linked to any issues.

FCA US noted that a single incident has taken place involving one of their vehicles, involving a 2006 Dodge Charger. In the past, the media department wrote that they had not been given access to the vehicle to see if the inflator was at fault.

Certain Takata airbag inflators can send debris into the vehicle, injuring or killing the occupants.  Affected vehicles are:

  • 2004-2008 Dodge Durango
    2005-2010 Chrysler 300 series, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Magnum
  • Dodge Ram pickups: 2004-08 1500, 2005-09 2500, 2006-09 Ram 3500
  • Dodge Ram / Sterling chassis cabs: 2008-10 4500 and 5500, and 2008-09 Sterling 4500 and 5500
  • 2005-2011 Dodge Dakotas and 2006-11 Mitsubishi Raiders

Around 4,066,732 are in the U.S., 374,508 in Canada, and the rest throughout the world. This action expands a prior recall, adding around 1.4 million vehicles and model years 2008-11. Inflators replaced earlier will need to be re-serviced.

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