If you've been wondering when Chrysler would begin replacing airbags on vehicles affected by the ever-widening Takata airbag recall, wonder no more: according to Auto News, fixes will begin next month.
All told, Chrysler expects to repair some 371,309 vehicles from model years 2003 to 2008. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's most recent list of affected models included these from Chrysler:
- 2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300
- 2007 – 2008 Chrysler Aspen
- 2003 – 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
- 2005 – 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
- 2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
- 2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
- 2008 Dodge Ram 5500
- 2005 – 2008 Dodge Durango
- 2005 – 2008 Dodge Dakota
Chrysler officially announced those recalls in June. Like many other recalls associated with Takata airbags, Chrysler's was limited to vehicles that had ever been sold or registered in southern states and territories -- specifically those with persistently humid conditions.
That's because initial reports suggest that the ammonium nitrate propellant used in Takata's airbags is adversely affected by dampness, and in some cases, it can cause the bags to rupture during deployment, spraying vehicle occupants with shrapnel. Though Takata's own investigations haven't reached firm conclusions about the cause of the ruptures, the airbags have been linked to numerous injuries and at least three deaths in the U.S. One of those injuries occurred in a Chrysler vehicle.
In a recall bulletin posted to NHTSA's website (PDF), the agency notes that Chrysler's recall is focused on vehicles "originally sold in, or currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands".
If you own one of the models listed above and have additional questions, you're encouraged to contact Chrysler directly at 800-853-1403. Alternately, you can ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #14V354000.
For a complete list of U.S. makes and models included in the Takata recalls -- which now affect more than 12 million owners worldwide -- check out this post. To see if your vehicle has been recalled for Takata airbags or any other problem, try using NHTSA's Vehicle Identification Number search here.