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Owners Are Advised To Get Repairs After Third Air Bag Death Is Confirmed

By 12/19/2022 1:20 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Another driver was killed by a bursting Takata air bag inflator, according to Stellantis and American safety officials.

Owners of 274,000 older Dodge and Chrysler vehicles were again advised by the manufacturer and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration not to drive them until the defective inflators were changed.

The airbags were blamed for two deaths in November, and Stellantis said it feared the inflators were to blame for a third.

The third death was announced early on Monday by the organization formerly known as Fiat Chrysler.

Dodge Magnum wagons, Dodge Challenger and Charger muscle cars, and Chrysler 300 sedans from the 2005 to 2010 model years should not be driven, advises Stellantis.

At least 33 individuals have died from airbag explosions since 2009, including 24 Americans.

According to the firm, all three of this year’s deaths have occurred since April in U.S. states with mild climates.

Takata produced a tiny explosion using ammonium nitrate to inflate airbags during a collision.

However, if the substance is repeatedly exposed to high temperatures and moisture in the air, it may eventually become more volatile.

A metal canister may shatter during the explosion, spewing shards into the passenger area.

Most of the fatalities and 400 or so injuries occurred in the United States but also in Australia and Malaysia.

All Stellantis models covered by the “Do Not Drive” advisory were recalled in 2015, and free fixes have been made available ever since.

Stellantis will transport the automobiles to and from a dealership, and dealers have the necessary parts and offer free service, according to the company.

According to NHTSA, the most recent victim was operating a 2010 Chrysler 300.

Tom McCarthy, worldwide head of safety and regulatory compliance at Stellantis, noted that time was of the essence in this situation because the risk increased with each day that these airbag inflators remained in place.

Vehicles that have not had their air bag inflators changed as part of the recall are subject to the recalls.

NHTSA asked all owners to find out if their cars have a Takata airbag recall that hasn’t been fixed.

To check if they have open recalls, drivers can visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number.

Don’t put yourself or someone you care about in danger this holiday season due to a faulty, recalled Takata airbag, advised NHTSA Acting Administrator Ann Carlson.

Stellantis claimed in a statement that the owner of the car inquired with the business about the airbag recall in 2018 but declined to schedule service.

The business said that it had issued the owner 114 urgent letters during the previous seven years.

According to Stellantis, the owner rented the car to a relative who was killed in a collision in July when the inflator broke apart.

The corporation declined to disclose the accident’s location but expressed its sincere condolences to the family.

According to the NHTSA, the driver of a 2002 Honda Accord was killed when the driver’s airbag inflator exploded and threw shrapnel.

According to Honda, the accident happened on February 22 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

There have been at least 67 million Takata inflators recalled due to the potential for the hazardous defect.

Millions, according to the American government, have not been fixed. Globally, some 100 million inflators have been recalled.

 

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