Published on : Nov 12, 2014
The documents submitted by Chrysler Group to the U.S. safety regulators state that the automobile company will start replacing the potentially defective air bag inflators fitted in more than 371,000 U.S. Chrysler vehicles in the beginning of December. These parts were manufactured by Takata Corp.
These Chrysler vehicles recalled from customers are from models manufactured between the years 2003-2007, and are amongst the estimated 4.2 million vehicles being recalled specifically from regions of high-humidity. The recall was announced this June by U.S.’s National highway Traffic Security Administration (NHTSA).
Chrysler also stated that Takata has not made a determination of a safety risk with the inflators being studied by the agency, but the company will begin replacing them in December.
The recall could start with Florida in the early December. The Chrysler vehicles being recalled include Dakota, Magnum, Chrysler Aspen, Dodge Ram, 300 and Durango.
Any official statement has not yet appeared from Takata’s end. Inflators manufactured by Takata that NHTSA is currently studying include nearly 37.8 million of them from the Beta series. Of these 37.8 million inflators, nearly 25 million are passenger-side inflators and nearly 12.8 million are driver-side inflators.
The inflators are being studied closely because they have been found to rupture, explode or send metal shards into passenger compartment when manufactured improperly or subjected to moisture. This issue has so far been linked with nearly 160 injuries and four deaths.
Since 2008, nearly 11 million cars in the U.S. equipped with Takata inflators have been recalled due to issue with these parts.