Last month, we brought you the first airbag recall announcement of 2019 for Toyota vehicles. This month, another major car maker announced their list of vehicles affected by this safety issue.
In 2014, U.S. authorities revealed that the global manufacturer of airbags, known as Takata, had produced defective products. These airbags could deploy incorrectly and result in injuries. This recall is expected to affect more than 70 million vehicles by the end of 2019. Dealerships will provide replacements for defective parts free of charge.
Which cars and trucks are affected by the recall this time?
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalled 1.4 million U.S. vehicles. These passenger airbags could fire shrapnel if they are deployed due to an unstable chemical reaction in the deploying agent.
This year, they added the following vehicles to their ongoing recall:
- Chrysler 300 sedan 2010-2015
- Dodge Challenger sport coupe 2010-2014
- Dodge Charger sedan 2011-2015
- Jeep Wrangler SUV 2010-2016
- Ram 3500 pickup 2010
- Ram 4500/5500 chassis cab 2010
Why is this defect so widespread?
Tokyo-based manufacturer Takata went out of business in 2017 due to the scandal and legal costs of this recall. This company was a global manufacturer of airbags, and nearly all major car manufacturer bought Takata products.
Key Safety Systems bought and renamed the company Joyson Safety Systems. They hope to compensate the victims of this recall. The victims and their families are entitled to compensation for their losses.