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FCA’s big airbag recall

by David Zatz on

Shortly after Toyota announced a massive 1.7 million car recall, FCA US has followed with a global 1.5 million car recall. Both concern Takata-made airbags that could send shrapnel into the cabin. In FCA’s case, there have been no injuries or accidents with the vehicles to be recalled, but as time goes on, the airbags become more likely to fail explosively (the defect is linked to temperature cycling, humidity, and time).

This is the fourth and final phase of a schedule coordinated by the NHTSA and involving all automakers selling in the United States; the pace of the recalls has been based on the danger involved and the availability of parts.

Many FCA customers whose vehicles have been recalled have not been to a dealer for the service; the company has replacement parts for the previously-recalled vehicles.

The current wave affects the following pickups, SUV, and cars, in rough order of sales (which is also almost alphabetical order):

The recall affects vehicles throughout the world.  Trivia buffs may be interested in knowing there are 1.4 million affected cars, trucks, and SUVs in the US, 88,830 in Canada, 12,821 in Mexico, and 118,084 everywhere else.

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