Filed under: Coupe, Truck, Recalls, Safety, Supercars, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Ram
The scope of the Takata airbag inflator recall is ballooning once again across the United States. Where Honda has elected to take its driver-side airbag campaign nationwide, Chrysler Group and Ford have now announced expanded regional actions to cover some passenger-side airbag inflators. Mazda is adding more regions, as well.
For Chrysler Group, the campaign covers the inflators on 149,150 examples of the 2003-model-year Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups. The recall is limited to vehicles sold or ever registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands. The company will begin notifying affected customers on January 19.
According to Chrysler’s announcement of the action, the passenger side inflators in these trucks “are of a type that is not used in any of the other vehicles affected by Chrysler Group’s regional field action.” The automaker says that it’s not aware of any actual failures or accidents in these pickups and even claims there are no “observed failures in laboratory testing of its airbag modules.” The company is continuing to study the problem, though.
Ford is taking a similar step by issuing a recall of inflators for 38,500 examples of the 2004-2005 Ranger and 2005-2006 Ford GT. The campaign only affects vehicles originally sold or ever registered in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Certain zip codes of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa are also covered.
There’s already precedent for passenger-side airbags to be covered under the Takata inflator recall. When many automakers announced campaigns in June, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota all included that side in some of their repairs. Subaru subsequently did, as well.
In addition, Mazda is expanding the scope of its recall to add Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Saipan, Guam, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to the affected areas. The company estimates that it has a total of 86,773 vehicles in need of repair. Mazda is also teaming with Toyota to begin independent testing of the Takata inflators. Scroll down to read all of the automakers’ announcements of these newly expanded recalls.
Continue reading Ford, Chrysler and Mazda expand scope of Takata airbag recalls
Ford, Chrysler and Mazda expand scope of Takata airbag recalls originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 05 Dec 2014 08:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Permalink | Email this | Comments
Read more at AutoBlog