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Chrysler To Replace Airbag Inflators in 2006 Dodge Charger


Just the Facts:
  • Chrysler said it will replace airbag inflators in an unspecified number of 2006 Dodge Charger sedans as part of a "regional field action" announced on Monday.
  • This is part of a larger action by several automakers in recalls or regional field actions linked to airbag supplier Takata following a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation.
  • "The company is aware of a single related injury involving one of its vehicles," Chrysler said in a statement.

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Chrysler said it will replace airbag inflators in an unspecified number of 2006 Dodge Charger sedans as part of a "regional field action" announced on Monday.

This is part of a larger action by several automakers in recalls or regional field actions linked to airbag supplier Takata following a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation.

Earlier this month, NHTSA opened an investigation into 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. from five automakers for problems with airbags that may rupture during deployment.

As of Monday morning, Ford, Nissan and Mazda also announced actions to replace airbag inflators, but those automakers did not label them recalls. Honda recalled approximately 2 million vehicles to replace one or both front airbag inflators and said it was labeling the action a "recall" so that consumers would take it seriously.

In a letter from Takata to federal safety regulators on June 11, 2014 and posted on the NHTSA Web site, the supplier noted: "These requested field actions (by the various automakers) would be analogous to 'regional recalls.'"

But Chrysler said: "This is not a safety recall."

"Chrysler Group has agreed, in principle, to honor a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration request to replace airbag inflators in certain vehicles registered in four U.S. regions," Chrysler said in a statement. "This is not a safety recall. Chrysler Group has not identified a defect. This is a field action conducted out of an abundance of caution."

The affected vehicles are in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"The company is aware of a single related injury involving one of its vehicles," Chrysler said.

Owners will be advised when they may schedule service. A timetable was not set for the regional field action. Owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

Edmunds says: Affected owners of the 2006 Dodge Charger will have to wait until they get official notification from Chrysler before taking action. But if you have an immediate concern with your vehicle, get in touch with your dealer.

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