FCA to fix four defects, including 4.3M Takata inflators

FCA to fix four defects, including 4.3M Takata inflators

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has detailed four separate recalls, ranging from a few dozen components to millions of defective airbag inflators.

The airbag campaign follows the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s broad order to recall all Takata inflators that use ammonium nitrate without a desiccant to keep the propellant dry and chemically stable. FCA has consequently added 4.3 million vehicles to its repair list.

The lengthy list of vehicles includes certain older model years for the Chrysler Aspen and 300; the Dodge Challenger, Charger, Dakota, Durango, Magnum and Ram pickups; the Jeep Wrangler and the Mitsubishi Raider.

“The Company is unaware of any injuries or accidents involving FCA US vehicles subject to this campaign; nor have there been any ruptures in nearly 6,300 exploratory tests of passenger-side inflators taken from FCA US vehicles registered in regions subject to high absolute humidity,” FCA said in a statement.

Another recall addresses a software glitch affecting the 2013-2016 all-electric Fiat 500e. The existing programming can “misread operating conditions and shut down propulsion.”

Two more campaigns each affect less than 100 units. The small-batch defects include a weak half-shaft used for the 2016 Jeep Cherokee, along with questionable bolt torque for third-row seats in the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country.

FCA is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the four defects.

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