Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced it will stop using non-desiccated ammonium-nitrate Takata airbag inflators in its North American vehicles as early as next week. Vehicles built in other FCA plants around the world will follow the lead by mid-September.
Are you surprised? Despite the massive scandal involving defective Takata airbag inflators, FCA was one of four automakers still using them.
Unsold new vehicles that are so equipped will be identified for customers. These customers will also be advised that the vehicles will be recalled in the future.
Takata inflators can result in excessive airbag deployment and metal fragments being thrown at front-seat occupants. So far they have directly killed at least 13 people including 11 in the U.S.