The ongoing Takata airbag recall crisis may have retreated from the global spotlight, but it is still a lingering specter for the automotive world. Stellantis, parent company to Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram, was one of the automakers hit early by the crisis, and it has now been forced to once again issue a recall. This time, it’s a “Do Not Drive” warning for 276,000 model-year 2005-10 Dodge Challengers, Chargers and Magnums, as well as model-year 2005-10 Chrysler 300s, due to faulty driver-side airbag inflators.
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The recall and subsequent park order come after two fatalities in separate crashes involving 2010 Chargers where the side airbags in each vehicle exploded. The Charger’s LX platform was also used in the Magnum and 300, which prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Stellantis to expand the order to cover those models, as well.
“Left unrepaired, recalled Takata air bags are increasingly dangerous as the risk of an explosion rises as vehicles age. Every day that passes when you don’t get a recalled air bag replaced, puts you and your family at greater risk of injury or death,” said NHTSA Acting Administrator Ann Carlson. “An exploding Takata air bag can send metal fragments toward the driver or passengers, and this shrapnel can kill — and has killed or maimed people.”
NHTSA urges owners to check if their vehicle is affected by the recall via its website. If it is, they need to contact their local dealer who will replace the inflator with a redesigned one for free. Owners who prefer to speak with Stellantis directly can call the automaker at 833-585-0144 or access the company’s Takata recall site to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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