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Chrysler, Dodge Recall Over 280,000 Vehicles for Potentially Fatal Airbag Defect

Sharp metal fragments may hit passengers


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2020 Dodge Charger on display at an auto show.
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Chrysler (FCA US) (Stellantis) recalled over 280,000 cars because the airbags may rupture and cause sharp metal fragments to hit passengers, possibly leading to injury or death, according to documents released March 22 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The recall extends to the airbag inflators located on the left and right sides of select Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 cars from model years 2018 through 2021.

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A Chrysler analysis found that moisture could have entered the inflator during its manufacturing process. Over time, this could lead to rust formation, weakening the inflator and potentially causing it to crack.

The airbags can inflate even if the vehicle isn’t in an accident due to high temperatures in the car, according to the Associated Press, citing the automotive company.

Chrysler said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue. It estimates that only 1 percent of these vehicles have this defect.

Remedy for consumers

To determine if your car is involved in this or any other recall, input your vehicle’s information at NHTSA’s website. Otherwise, Chrysler said it will notify dealers and owners by May 3.

Dealers will replace both side curtain airbags free of charge. No additional safety guidance was provided.

Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403. The number for this recall is 19B.

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