Chrysler Recalls Nearly 286,000 Vehicles in the US Due to Airbag Defect

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Chrysler has begun a recall of about 286,000 vehicles in the United States following the discovery of a manufacturing issue.
Chrysler has begun a recall of about 286,000 vehicles in the United States following the discovery of a manufacturing issue.

Chrysler has initiated a recall of approximately 286,000 vehicles across the United States following the discovery of a manufacturing defect that could potentially lead to the rupture of side curtain airbag inflators. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a warning on Friday, underscoring the serious safety implications associated with this issue.

NHTSA Warns of Fragmentation Hazard:

According to the US regulator, there is a risk that both the right and left side curtain airbag inflators may rupture, projecting sharp metal fragments towards vehicle occupants. 

Such an occurrence could result in severe injury or even fatalities, prompting the urgent need for corrective action.

Recall Targets Specific Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 Vehicles:

The recall encompasses select models of the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 manufactured between 2018 and 2021. 

These vehicles are identified as potentially equipped with SABIC inflators that may have been exposed to moisture during the manufacturing process, leading to stress corrosion and the subsequent risk of rupture.

Stellantis, the parent company of Chrysler, has acknowledged the issue and clarified that the affected inflators do not utilize the same propellant or design as previously recalled Takata airbags. 

The distinction is crucial in addressing any concerns regarding the safety of Stellantis vehicles and ensuring appropriate remedial measures are implemented.

Stellantis’ Past Actions in Response to Airbag Risks:

Notably, Stellantis had issued a warning to 29,000 owners of 2003 Dodge Ram pickups last year, urging them to cease driving their vehicles immediately due to concerns related to Takata airbag inflators. 

This precautionary measure followed a tragic incident in which one individual lost their life due to an exploding Takata airbag inflator, emphasizing the importance of proactive safety initiatives within the automotive industry.

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