Takata Airbag: FCA and Toyota recall 2.9 million cars in USA
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Toyota have issued yet another recall for vehicles fitted with the malfunctioning Takata airbags. The defective airbags issue came to light in 2013 and manufacturers collaborated in 2014 to investigate the same. Takata has since declared bankruptcy.
FCA has issued a recall for 1.4 million vehicles for replacement of passenger side airbag inflators. Affected vehicles include 2010 Ram 3500 pickup and 4500/5500 chassis cabs, 2010-2011 Dodge Dakota, 2010-2014 Dodge Challenger, 2010-2015 Chrysler 300 sedan, 2010-2016 Jeep Wrangler and 2011-2015 Dodge Charger. The same type of vehicles in Canada (88,830), Mexico (12,821) and markets outside North America (118,084) will also be recalled.
Toyota has issued a recall for around 1.3 million cars in the USA. These include the 2010-2016 4Runner, 2010-2012 Lexus ES 350, 2010-2013 Corolla, Matrix and Lexus IS 250, 2010-2014 Lexus IS-F, 2010-2015 Scion XB, Lexus IS 250C, IS 350C, 2010-2017 Lexus GX 460 and 2011-2014 Sienna. The owners of the affected vehicles will be contacted and the local dealer will fix either the inflator for the front passenger airbag or replace the whole airbag assembly free of cost.
Owners can visit the respective company websites or the NHTSA website for more details and check if their vehicle is affected.