Fiat-Chrysler Eliminates Certain Takata Airbag Inflators in 2016 Jeep Wrangler | Edmunds

Fiat-Chrysler Eliminates Certain Takata Airbag Inflators in 2016 Jeep Wrangler

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — The 2016 Jeep Wrangler SUV will no longer be equipped with a certain type of Takata passenger-side airbag inflator as of next week, Fiat-Chrysler said on Tuesday.

The inflator is the type that federal safety regulators said must be recalled by the end of 2019.

The 2016 Wrangler will switch to an alternative airbag design, Fiat-Chrysler said in a statement.

The company had been using Takata inflators that have an ammonium-nitrate propellant without an additive that prevents moisture absorption.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordered this type of inflator made by Takata to be recalled in a phased action through the end of 2019.

"Unsold vehicles that are so-equipped will be identified for customers," Fiat-Chrysler said. "These customers will also be advised that the vehicles will be recalled in the future. They are not currently subject to recall."

Fiat-Chrysler said it is unaware of any failures involving this inflator in the 2016 Wrangler.

"In addition, tests were performed on nearly 6,300 older versions of this component, many of which were subject to potentially problematic environmental conditions," the company said. "All performed as intended."

Most inflators in other Fiat-Chrysler vehicles use alternate propellants.

Defective Takata airbag inflators can explode with too much force, shooting metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants. NHTSA said nearly 70 million Takata inflators in the U.S. market will be subject to recalls.

Jeep customers with questions are urged to call 1-800-853-1403.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers considering the 2016 Jeep Wrangler should be aware of this latest update with the ongoing Takata crisis and be aware that the vehicle will be recalled in the future.

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