The Takata airbag fault strikes again. This time Fiat-Chrysler recalled somewhere in the realm of 1.6 million vehicles for having faulty inflators on the passenger side front airbag. The fault, in this case, being that the airbags can inflate with too much force, increasing the risk for potential injury. A very similar recall happened with Toyota, who had to recall 1.7 million vehicles for the same reason.
1.6 million vehicles is quite a lot, but which models are affected? 2010 – 2016 Jeep Wranglers, 2010 Ram 3500 pickup and 4500/5500 Chassis Cabs, 2010 and 2011 Dodge Dakota pickups, 2010 – 2014 Dodge Challengers, 2011 – 2015 Dodge Chargers, and 2010 – 2015 Chrysler 300s.
Of the 1.6 million vehicles affected globally, 1.4 million are located here in the US. This recall affects more than just the FCA models. Globally, this recall affects an estimated 10 million vehicles. The range of manufacturers includes Ford, Honda and Toyota, on top of FCA. You can head to https://www.airbagrecall.com/ to see if your vehicle has been affected.
FCA plans to notify owners of the recall by mail. Then, owners can take their vehicles into the dealership to have the faulty inflator replaced with one that works.
The explosive chemical used to inflate the airbags has a tendency to deteriorate over time. Especially in humid areas, this deterioration can occur particularly quickly.
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