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Takata Passenger Airbag Inflator Recall

What you need to know

Recently, Takata Corporation advised the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that a significant number of their front passenger airbag inflators that contain a non-desiccated phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant (an ammonium nitrate propellant without a chemical drying agent) are defective.

Prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity and high temperatures may cause the propellant to degrade.

Activation of degraded non-desiccated ammonium nitrate may cause an inflator rupture during normal airbag deployment events, possibly propelling metals fragments through the vehicle cabin that could result in serious injury or death.

For more information about the Takata Recall expansion, please visit: www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/takata-explainer.html

The Company is not aware 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. These test vehicles were also representative of the oldest vehicles in this recall population (mostly model years 2004 and 2005) and therefore experienced the longest exposure to potentially problematic environmental conditions.

Citing exhaustive research, NHTSA has said that the subject inflators "do not pose an unreasonable risk to safety under the Safety Act until they reach a certain level of propellant degradation". Such degradation is "a function of time, temperature cycling and environmental moisture."

Identify Your Zone

Consequently, out of an abundance of caution, FCA US has announced Safety Recall S43 and is recalling approximately 4.5 million older model vehicles in the United States to replace their front passenger airbag inflators. This campaign includes 1 million vehicles that would have been recalled at a later date under NHTSA's previous Coordinated Remedy Order. FCA US is accelerating its timetable to better serve its customers.

In keeping with NHTSA's Coordinated Remedy Order, vehicles currently or previously registered in areas identified with high absolute humidity will be targeted first, with other areas to follow. This campaign has been divided into three geographic zones:

Takata Passenger Airbag Inflator Recall - Safety Recall S43 (NHTSA 16V-352) v2 07012016

Zone A

Includes states and US territories with high temperature cycling and humidity. Time in service until significant propellant degradation may occur is projected at between 6-9 years (AL, CA, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, SC,TX, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and US Virgin Islands)

Zone B

Includes states with moderate temperature cycling and humidity. Time in service until significant propellant degradation may occur is projected at between 10-15 years (AZ, AR, DE, DC, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MO, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, VA and WV)

Zone C

Includes states with lower temperature cycling and humidity. Time in service until significant propellant degradation may occur is projected at between 15-20 years (AK, CO, CT, ID, IA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MT, NH, NY, ND, OR, RI, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI and WY)

Match Your Vehicle and Zone

The vehicles listed below are included within the following populations:

Zone A

2007-09 Aspen

2005-12 300

2008-12 Challenger

2006-12 Charger

2005-11 Dakota

2004-09 Durango

2005-08 Magnum

2007-12 Wrangler

2004-08 1500

2005-09 2500

2006-09 3500

2007-10 3500 Cab Chassis

2008-10 45/5500 Cab Chassis

Zone B

2007-09 Aspen

2005-09 300

2008-12 Challenger

2006-12 Charger

2005-11 Dakota

2004-09 Durango

2005-08 Magnum

2007-09 Wrangler

2004-08 1500

2005-09 2500

2006-09 3500

2007-10 3500 Cab Chassis

2008-10 45/5500 Cab Chassis

Zone C

2007-08 Aspen

2005-08 300

2008-12 Challenger

2006-12 Charger

2005-11 Dakota

2004-09 Durango

2005-08 Magnum

2004-08 1500

2005-09 2500

2006-09 3500

2007-10 3500 Cab Chassis

2008-10 45/5500 Cab Chassis

At this time, parts required to provide a permanent remedy for this condition are not available. FCA US is making every effort to obtain these parts as quickly as possible, and will service affected vehicles free of charge (parts and labor). FCA US will contact affected owners, by mail, with a notice when remedy parts are available. When received, owners should contact their Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge or Ram dealer right away to schedule a service appointment.

Faqs

Which vehicles are affected by Safety Recall S43?

Refer to the tables and map above for details regarding affected vehicles.

My vehicle is not involved in Safety Recall S43. Will it be involved in a future phase?

NHTSA and Takata are prioritizing future recalls based on when the affected inflators are likely to posean unreasonable risk to safety, considering time, temperature and environmental moisture. Therefore, the recall plan has been structured with phases and three geographic zones based on time in service and climatic conditions. For more information, visit www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/takata-explainer.html

My vehicle is not involved in Safety Recall S43, but it may be involved in a future phase. When will the remedy be available for my vehicle?

NHTSA and Takata are finalizing plans to initiate multiple recalls for all affected vehicles that will be released in phases beginning in May 2016 and continuing through 2019. Registered owners of involved vehicles will be notified by FCA US as each additional Takata recall is filed and phases are announced between May 2016 and 2019.

What should I do to determine if my vehicle will be involved in a future phase?

FCA US recommends that you regularly check recall applicability using recalls.mopar.com or www.safercar.gov. You will need to input your 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) to obtain specific information about your vehicle.

Are any vehicles currently being manufactured by FCA US equipped with Takata frontal airbag inflators manufactured with PSAN propellant that does not include a desiccant?

FCA US has completed the process of phasing out the use of Takata frontal non-desiccated PSAN airbag inflators as of June 23, 2016. Current model year vehicles produced before this date are not subject to a current recall. Based on multiple independent investigations and NHTSA's independent expert, NHTSA has concluded that the non-desiccated Takata frontal airbag inflators do not pose an unreasonablerisk to safety until they reach a certain level of propellant degradation after long-term exposure to environmental moisture and fluctuating high temperatures. NHTSA and Takata are prioritizing recalls based on when affected inflators are likely to pose an unreasonable risk to safety, considering time, temperature and environmental moisture, which depends in part on a vehicle's operating location. According to NHTSA's current order, all of these components will be recalled by the end of 2018.

What if I have additional questions or concerns?

If you have additional questions or concerns, visit recalls.mopar.com or contact the FCA US Recall Information Center at 1-800-853-1403.