Chrysler Recalls Dodge Challengers to Fix Flawed Air Bags

Dodge Challenger
A Dodge Challenger R/T on stage during a preview of the 2008 New York International Auto Show. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will recall 88,346 Dodge Challengers to fix a flaw with the driver-side frontal air bag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall, posted on NHTSA’s website Saturday, affects 2008-2010 model year Challengers manufactured between September 2007 and October 2010, according to the NHTSA safety report. The announcement marks an expansion of the list the agency received from the company in May as part of nationwide recall to replace faulty air bags made by Japan’s Takata Corp.

Inflators on the affected devices are subject to moisture intrusion, which could cause them to rupture and spray metal fragments on the driver, the report said.

Chrysler will replace the frontal air bag inflators, which aren’t currently available, according to NHTSA.

The Takata air bags are the subject of the largest auto-safety recall in U.S. history, linked to eight deaths and hundreds of injuries dating back more than a decade.

On May 21, Chrysler authorized a recall for certain vehicles produced between 2004 and 2011. On July 6, a Chrysler audit showed that the 2008-2010 model year Dodge Challengers were “inadvertently excluded” from the earlier recall, prompting the new action.

NHTSA head Mark Rosekind said on July 2 that Fiat Chrysler’s pattern of delayed recalls may prompt the agency to consider fines or force the carmaker to buy back defective vehicles.

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