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Recall on 258,600 Chrysler and Dodge vehicles with faulty Takata airbags

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The list of vehicles equipped with faulty airbag inflators manufactured by Takata in Japan continues to grow, this time with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announcing a voluntary Safety Improvement Campaign on 258,600 units in Canada.

Affected models include:

  • Chrysler 300 (2005-2007);
  • Chrysler Aspen (2007);
  • Dodge Charger (2005-2007);
  • Dodge Dakota (2004-2007);
  • Dodge Durango (2004-2007);
  • Dodge Magnum (2005-2007);
  • Dodge Ram (2004-2007).

Said inflators may generate too much pressure and cause the airbags to explode. As a result, the driver and front passenger can be struck by metal or plastic debris. In fact, five people have died this way. Other casualties may be reported in the next few weeks as investigators re-open old cases.

Takata is willing to help automakers but still refuses to acknowledge any liability, which is why it rejected a nationwide recall in the U.S. last month. The company insists that hot, humid climates are to blame for these airbag incidents.

Source: Transport Canada