North American production with the suspect inflators will stop by next week while global production is expected to end by mid-September, the automaker announced. According to FCA, most inflators used in its vehicles have alternate propellants while others use desiccant-enhanced ammonium nitrate. The 2016 Jeep Wrangler’s passenger-side inflator is the final FCA US airbag component to migrate from a non-desiccated ammonium-nitrate design and the company is currently unaware of any failures involving the particular inflator.
Tests have also been conducted on nearly 6,300 older versions of the component, with many of them subjected to potentially problematic environmental conditions. The company found that they all performed as intended.
Vehicles that are currently unsold and equipped with those inflators will be identified to customers, and they will be advised that the vehicles will be recalled in the future. They are currently not subject to recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has specified a recall schedule for vehicles equipped with the faulty inflators, following an investigation that determined non-desiccated ammonium-nitrate may degrade after several years of exposure to high absolute humidity, causing those inflators to deploy with excessive force.
The faulty Takata airbag inflators have caused the recall of millions of vehicles worldwide.
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