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Major Companies Like Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Call Back 322,000 Vehicles Due To Airbag Problem

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Stellantis has initiated a recall for over 322,000 cars and trucks due to two distinct airbag issues affecting models in the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram lineups, as disclosed by the NHTSA on Monday.

Recall for Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300’s side curtain airbags

The larger of the two recalls pertains to 284,982 vehicles with side curtain airbag inflators that have the potential to rupture, releasing sharp metal fragments into the passenger compartment. These airbags are situated in the roof rail area and deploy to protect the head and shoulders in the event of a side impact collision on both the driver and passenger sides.

This recall for the side curtain airbag inflators includes the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 full-size sedans from 2018 to 2021. While both models were discontinued after the 2023 model year, the Charger has been reintroduced as an electric vehicle.

This incident may seem reminiscent of the Takata airbag recall that shook the automotive industry in the prior decade, where over 67 million airbags were recalled in around 40 million vehicles from various major automakers. The Takata recall, which was the most massive automotive recall in history, involved ruptured inflators that resulted in at least 27 fatalities in the U.S. and caused approximately 400 injuries to vehicle occupants. This crisis ultimately led to Takata’s bankruptcy, the Japanese airbag supplier.

It’s important to note that the Charger and Chrysler 300 airbag recall is unrelated to the Takata airbag issue. Nonetheless, the root cause of the problem is similar, as moisture seepage into the inflator during manufacturing led to corrosion over time, potentially causing the inflator to fracture. The supplier of these airbags was Joyson Safety Systems, located in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The automaker, previously known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, identified five customer complaints and two warranty claims related to this issue but was not aware of any fatalities or injuries associated with it. Dealers will replace both side curtain airbags at no cost, and owners who had previously addressed this concern will be reimbursed. Notification letters are expected to be sent by mail by May 3, 2024.

Recall for driver airbag non-deployment in Jeep and Ram vehicles

The second recall, involving 38,164 primarily new vehicles from Ram and Jeep, also includes a small number of Chrysler Pacifica and Voyager minivans.

An improper welding of the control module within the steering column could result in the non-deployment of the driver’s side airbag located in the steering wheel during a crash. The following vehicles are affected by this recall:

– 2023 Chrysler Voyager

– 2023 Jeep Gladiator

– 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L

– 2023 Ram 1500 Classic

– 2023-2024 Chrysler Pacifica

– 2023-2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee

– 2023-2024 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer

– 2023-2024 Jeep Wrangler

– 2023-2024 Ram 1500

– 2023-2024 Ram 2500/3500

– 2023-2024 Ram 3500/4500/5500 Cab Chassis

Owners should anticipate receiving notification letters by mail by May 3, 2024, urging them to take their vehicle to a dealership for an examination and potential replacement of the steering column control module.

For further details regarding these recalls, individuals are encouraged to reach out to Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram’s customer support at 1-800-853-1403 or visit the brand’s recall site here.

Image Source: Everyonephoto Studio / Shutterstock

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