Chrysler Issues Another Takata Recall Expansion
Chrysler Group LLC has announced that it will be expanding its recall for vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata airbags, marking second recall expansion issued by the auto maker in under a week.
NHTSA Continues to Apply Pressure
The decision was made as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to push auto makers to expand all regional Takata airbag recalls to nationwide recalls.
The Detroit News reports the expansion will cover and additional 208,783 vehicles bringing the total number of vehicles recalled by Chrysler in connection with the defective airbags since to 617,000.
Initial recalls issued by Chrysler in June only covered vehicles sold in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new recall campaign includes vehicles sold or currently registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The recall still falls short of NHTSA’s demands for nationwide recalls. Honda and Mazda have both agreed to adhere to NHTSA’s demands, but other the federal regulator has been less successful with other manufacturers.
Five deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the faulty airbags.
Vehicles Included in Chrysler Recall
The following vehicles are included in Chrysler’s Takata airbag recall:
- 2005-2008 Chrysler 300
- 2007-2008 Chrysler Aspin
- 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 1500
- 2005-2008 Dodge Ram 2500
- 2005-2008 Dodge Dakota
- 2005-2008 Dodge Durango
- 2006-2008 Dodge Ram 3500
- 2006-2008 Dodge Ram 4500
- 2008 Dodge Ram 5500
For a list of all vehiles affected by the Takata recalls, click here.