Fiat Chrysler has added another 1.6 million vehicles worldwide to its Takata airbag recall list, becoming the third major automaker to expand its recall of airbag inflators that can trigger deadly explosions.
Most of the vehicles included in this latest recall – 1.4 million – are in the U.S., the automaker said. They cover the front passenger-side airbags in the following models:
- 2010-2016 Jeep Wrangler SUV
- 2010 Ram 3500 pickup and 4500/5500 Chassis Cab trucks
- 2010 and 2011 Dodge Dakota pickup
- 2010-2014 Dodge Challenger muscle car
- 2011-2015 Dodge Charger sedan
- 2010-2015 Chrysler 300 sedan
According to the Associated Press, U.S. automakers plan to recall 10 million Takata airbag inflators this year. Approximately 50 million Takata airbag inflators are under recall in the U.S., but nearly 17 million of the recalled units remain unrepaired.
Fiat Chrysler is the third major automaker to recall more vehicles this month. On Jan. 4, Ford Motor Co. added about 953,000 vehicles to the Takata airbag recall. Five days later, Toyota announced it would be recalling an additional 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. to repair Takata airbag inflators.
Dealerships will remove the inflator mechanisms from the recalled vehicles. Takata made its airbag inflators using ammonium nitrate as a propellant, but the chemical is extremely volatile and can cause the airbag to deploy with excessive force and oftentimes unnecessarily.
Takata airbag explosions metal fragments from the airbag assembly toward vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury and sometimes death. The airbags have been blamed for 23 deaths worldwide and about 300 injuries.
Owners of Fiat Chrysler vehicles or any other vehicles made by the 19 auto companies affected by the Takata recall can check to see if their vehicle has been recalled by going to airbagrecall.com and entering a license plate number or vehicle identification number (VIN).