WASHINGTON — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 4,322,870 vehicles to replace defective Takata front-passenger airbag inflators, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on Friday.
The affected vehicles are:
- 2007-'09 Chrysler Aspen
- 2005-'12 Chrysler 300
- 2008-'12 Dodge Challenger
- 2006-'12 Dodge Charger
- 2005-'11 Dodge Dakota
- 2004-'09 Dodge Durango
- 2005-'08 Dodge Magnum
- 2004-'08 Dodge Ram 1500
- 2005-'09 Dodge Ram 2500
- 2006-'09 Dodge Ram 3500
- 2007-'10 Dodge Ram/Ram 3500 Cab Chassis
- 2008-'10 Dodge Ram/Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis
- 2007-'12 Jeep Wrangler
- 2006-'09 Mitsubishi Raider
- 2008-'09 Sterling/Bullet 4500/5500 Cab Chassis
"These inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperate cycling," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death."
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is "unaware of any injuries or accidents involving FCA US vehicles subject to this campaign," in a statement.
"Nor have there been any ruptures in nearly 6,300 exploratory tests of passenger-side inflators taken from FCA US vehicles registered in regions subject to high absolute humidity," it said. "These test vehicles also were representative of the oldest vehicles in this recall population (mostly model years 2004 and 2005), thus experiencing the longest exposure to potentially problematic environmental conditions."
"All affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service," the company said. "Vehicles currently or previously registered in areas identified with high absolute humidity will be targeted first."
Owners can contact Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. customer care center at 1-800-853-1403.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles will have to wait for parts to become available before scheduling a service appointment.