Chrysler Issues Voluntary Airbag Recall on Older Rams
Trucks in High-Humidity Areas Most Susceptible
Recall mania started earlier this year with news of the General Motors’ ignition switch recall, which led to a heightened industry-wide awareness of potential safety issues. Lately, the big news has surrounded Japanese airbag supplier Takata, which was one of the automotive industry’s largest suppliers of the mandatory safety component. Most of the affected models have been passenger cars, but lately, trucks are also part of the recall effort. Chrysler issued a statement yesterday saying it is voluntarily recalling 149,150 2003-model-year Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks sold or registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Although still being investigated, Chrysler believes the warmer, more humid climate in these areas could cause the front passenger airbag inflator modules to fail or degrade prematurely. Chrysler plans on notifying affected customers starting on January 19, 2015. Affected owners can then contact dealers to schedule an appointment to replace the faulty inflator modules. Overall, Chrysler has a total of 371,309 potentially affected vehicles, including the Ram, Dakota, and Durango built between 2003 and 2008. Both Toyota and Honda have come out publicly in support of industry-wide collaboration and independent, third-party testing, and is asking for Takata’s cooperation in the matter.