2014 Dodge Challenger involved in the Takata airbag recall
2014 Dodge Challenger

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is adding 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. to its list of those that should have their Takata airbag inflators replaced. The action includes Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram vehicles.

This latest announcement from FCA covers passenger-side front airbag inflators, and is part of the effort by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and automakers to space out the replacement of Takata airbag inflators based on the risk to drivers and passengers.

The goal has been to get replacement inflators to vehicle owners in the highest-risk regions first, and then to the rest of the country later as the supply of replacement inflators grows. The last wave of recalls is scheduled for early in 2020.

The Takata recall is the largest and most complex automotive recall in U.S. history, covering 50 million airbag inflators in 37 million cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks from 19 manufacturers, according to NHTSA. At least 15 drivers and passengers in the U.S. have died, and more than 250 people have been injured because of those devices, NHTSA says.

The devices use ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag in the event of a crash. The ammonium nitrate can become unstable over time, leading to inflators that explode with an unexpectedly violent force. If the defective airbag ruptures, it can spray sharp metal fragments directly at the driver and passengers, increasing the risk of death or injury.

FCA says it is unaware of any injuries or accidents associated with this specific recall. “Recall service is free, we have replacement parts and dealers ready to help,” Mark Chernoby, FCA’s head of safety and regulatory compliance for North America, said in a statement.

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The Details

Vehicles recalled: 1.4 million cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks, including:

• 2010-2015 Chrysler 300 sedans
• 2010-2011 Dodge Dakota trucks
• 2010-2014 Dodge Challenger coupes
• 2011-2015 Dodge Charger sedans
• 2010-2016 Jeep Wrangler SUVs
• 2010 Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks

The problem: Chemicals inside the Takata airbag inflators can become unstable over time, especially after exposure to temperature fluctuations and periods of constant high humidity.

The fix: The automaker said it will let owners of affected vehicles know when they can schedule service. Dealers will replace the passenger-side front airbag inflator free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners can contact FCA’s recall information center at 800-853-1403.

NHTSA campaign number: NHTSA has not yet issued a campaign number for this recall.

2016 Jeep Wrangler involved in the Takata airbag recall
2016 Jeep Wrangler