Chrysler is the latest automaker to give in to NHTSA’s demands of expanding the airbag recall.
The American automaker has announced that it will replace the driver’s side air-bag inflators in an estimated 3.3 million vehicles worldwide as an expansion to the ongoing recall. An estimated 2,890,745 vehicles are in the U.S. while 258,586 are in Canada and 66,436 in Mexico. The remaining 99,030 vehicles are outside the NAFTA region. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also shared that it is aware of one related injury involving one of its vehicles that occurred in a southern Florida region with high humidity.
The company reiterated that it or Takata has not yet identified a defect in the population of inflators and that the components are distinct from Takata inflators cited in fatalities involving other automakers. According to FCA, no vehicle outside of Florida has been linked to an airbag deployment of the type that has raised concern. Regardless, the company is opting to replace all possible airbags in the 2004-2007 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups, Dakota, Durango, Charger, Magnum, Chrysler Aspen and 300, models as well as the Mitsubishi Raider.
As with other automakers’ recall expansions, the fix will be free of charge and replacement parts will be distributed in areas with persistent, high absolute humidity first.
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