AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Chrysler on Friday said it will replace Takata driver-side airbag inflators in an estimated 3.3 million older-model vehicles worldwide, including the 2004-'07 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks.
The automaker bowed to pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to expand its regional field action in the ongoing Takata airbag crisis.
Other 2004-'07 vehicles covered by the expanded recall include the Dodge Ram 3500 Chassis Cab; Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen SUVs; Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans; Dodge Magnum station wagon; and Mitsubishi Raider and Dodge Dakota pickup trucks.
The defective airbags can explode with too much force, shooting metal fragments at vehicle occupants.
Chrysler said it is aware of one related injury involving one of its vehicles, an unspecified "older-model sedan."
"It occurred in a southern Florida region marked by persistent, high, absolute humidity — a condition believed to be a contributing factor in the airbag deployments under investigation," the company said.
Neither Chrysler nor Takata "has identified a defect in this population of inflators," the company said.
"More than 1,000 laboratory tests have been performed on these components," it said. "All deploy as intended, but FCA US continues to study the suspect inflators, which are not used in the company's current production vehicles."
Previously, a regional recall of the vehicles was limited to Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Friday's recall announcement covers an estimated 2,890,785 vehicles in the U.S. The rest are in Canada, Mexico and outside the NAFTA region.
A date was not specified for the recall. Owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
Edmunds says: Affected customers will be notified and advised when they may schedule service. Replacement parts will first go to areas marked by persistent, high absolute humidity.