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Chrysler Group to Replace Airbags in 149,150 Ram Trucks

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/4/2014 Erick Ayapana

Chrysler Group announced it will replace passenger-side airbag inflators in 149,150 model-year 2003 Ram trucks. The automaker states that no injuries or accidents have been linked to these affected vehicles, but it has decided to take action because the airbag inflators are linked to the Takata crisis involving other automakers.

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Affected models include the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 that were sold in high humidity regions including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and a number of U.S. territories including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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Chrysler Group says no other models are affected, but will continue to monitor the situation “with great urgency.”

The Takata airbag crisis involves over 17 million cars globally and has been linked to at least five deaths and hundreds of injuries. A number of automakers have been affected including Honda, Toyota, General Motors, BMW, and Nissan.

While the recall has largely focused on the aforementioned regions, federal regulators have called on Takata to expand the recall nationwide. The supplier, however, is refusing to budge stating that more research and evidence is needed before expanding the recall.

Some automakers are unwilling to wait. Honda, for example, announced it will expand its airbag recall to include possible faulty driver-side airbags. Ford took similar action. Meanwhile, Toyota and Honda started an initiative to escalate research into the faulty airbags and has called other automakers to join in on the effort.

Source: Chrysler, The New York Times

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