• Stellantis issued a statement asking customers to stop driving 2005 to 2010 Dodge Challenger, Charger and Magnum and Chrysler 300 vehicles that have not yet had the older Takata airbags replaced.
  • The automaker said there are about 276,000 vehicles on the road that fit that description, even though Takata’s airbags have been under active recall for several years.
  • The company said it has an “adequate supply” of replacement airbags to service all those in need of the recall.

Stellantis, the maker of Dodge and Chrysler cars, issued a strong statement urging owners of older cars to stop driving if they haven’t had their Takata airbags replaced. In a statement under its former corporate name FCA, the automaker said it affects the 2005 to 2010 Dodge Challenger and Charger and Magnum models, as well as the same model years of the Chrysler 300 sedan.

The suspension was announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). made a statement today saying that two people have died this year in separate crashes in which the driver’s side Takata airbag exploded in 2010 Dodge Chargers. These are the only FCA models covered by the new driving suspension order, the spokesperson said Car and driver.

Takata’s airbags have been an industry-wide concern since 2013, when millions of cars from dozens of brands were recalled worldwide due to the risk of them exploding in a crash. FCA discontinued the problematic airbags in 2010 for those models, the spokesman said. The automaker began recalling and offering free replacement airbags in 2015 and, according to a statement today, has been “aggressive” in trying to replace them in its U.S. vehicles, including “millions” of letters, phone calls and home visits to potentially affected vehicle owners. funds.

However, according to the statement, more than a quarter of a million cars have not had their defective airbags replaced.

FCA says owners of potentially affected vehicles should stop driving and contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) resembles a site or own car manufacturer Mopar Recalls website for more information.

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