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Fiat Chrysler Increases Number of Takata-Related Recalls to 4 Million

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/29/2015 Karla Sanchez

The Takata airbag recall grew to new heights last week when it was announced the number of affected vehicles was expanded to include a whopping 33.8 million vehicles in the U.S. Now, FiatChrysler has increased its number of Takata-related recalls to 4 million vehicles in the U.S., including 1.6 million newly affected cars from the 2008-2011 model years.

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FCA says that the newly identified vehicles are involved in two previous campaigns, bringing the total of affected vehicles in the U.S. to an estimated 4,066,732 units. The first recall absorbed into this one includes vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years, expanding the global number of affected vehicles to 1.4 million. Even though owners already had the inflator replaced in these vehicles as part of the previous campaign, they will need to take them in again for service. The second recall involves replacing front-passenger airbag inflators in certain 2003 DodgeRam pickups. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Fiat Chrysler Increases Number of Takata-Related Recalls to 4 Million

Taking that into consideration, the list of affected vehicles now includes the following:

•2004- 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups
•2005- 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 pickups
•2006- 2009 Dodge Ram 3500 pickups
•2007-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 cab chassis vehicles
•2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 cab chassis vehicles
•2008-2009 Sterling 4500 and 5500 cab chassis vehicles
•2004- 2008 Dodge Durango full-size SUVs
•2005- 2010 Chrysler 300, 300C and SRT8 full-size sedans
•2005- 2010 Dodge Charger full-size sedans
•2005-2010 Dodge Magnum full-size station wagons
•2005- 2011 Dodge Dakota small pickups
•2006-2011 Mitsubishi Raider small pickups MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The Takata airbags have been recalled because moisture in the inflators can cause the propellant to degrade over time, which can cause the airbags to send shrapnel into the vehicle upon deployment. Six deaths and hundreds of injuries across the globe have been linked to the issue, and with Takata expanding the number of vehicles last week, a U.S. House of Representatives panel has scheduled a hearing to take place next week on June 2.

With new information on the recalls being released constantly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has set up a Twitter account specifically for recall announcements. You can get the latest on the Takata recalls and others by following @NHTSArecalls on Twitter.

Source: Chrysler, NHTSA

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