Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expanding its recall of vehicles equipped with Takata airbags, moving beyond Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to the greater US, as well as Mexico, Canada and beyond.

The affected vehicles, some 3.3 million in total, were built between 2004 and 2007, with many models, including the Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500, Durango and the Chrysler 300, having been affected by Chrysler's previous recall. Despite the somewhat alarming nature that comes with a recall of this many vehicles, it seems that Chrysler is moving more out of an abundance of caution (and federal pressure) than anything else, saying:

"Neither FCA US, nor Takata Corporation, the supplier, has identified a defect in this population of inflators. These components also are distinct from Takata inflators cited in fatalities involving other auto makers.

More than 1,000 laboratory tests have been performed on these components. All deployed as intended, but FCA US continues to study the suspect inflators, which are not used in the Company's current production vehicles."

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified and asked to report to dealers for a free replacement driver's side airbag. Scroll down for the official press release from FCA.
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Statement: Global Air-Bag Inflator Replacement
December 19, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC will replace driver's-side air-bag inflators in an estimated 3.3 million older-model vehicles worldwide, in an expansion of an ongoing regional field action.

Neither FCA US, nor Takata Corporation, the supplier, has identified a defect in this population of inflators. These components also are distinct from Takata inflators cited in fatalities involving other auto makers.

More than 1,000 laboratory tests have been performed on these components. All deployed as intended, but FCA US continues to study the suspect inflators, which are not used in the Company's current production vehicles.

Outside of Florida, one of the areas covered by the original action, no FCA US vehicle has been linked to an air-bag deployment of the type that has raised public concern. Nevertheless, the Company is replacing the Takata components tied to that concern.

FCA US is aware of one related injury involving one of its vehicles, an older-model sedan. It occurred in a southern Florida region marked by persistent, high, absolute humidity – a condition believed to be a contributing factor in the air-bag deployments under investigation.

The ongoing action, announced in June, was confined to Florida and three regions with similar climatic conditions – Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The expansion affects an estimated 2,890,785 vehicles across the U.S.; 258,586 in Canada; 66,436 in Mexico and 99,030 outside the NAFTA region. Covered are certain 2004-2007 vehicles from the following model lines:
Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups
Dodge Ram 3500 Chassis Cabs
Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen full-size SUVs
Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger full-size sedans
Dodge Magnum full-size station wagons
Mitsubishi Raider and Dodge Dakota small pickups

Affected customers will be notified and advised when they may schedule service, which will be provided free of charge. Replacement parts will be first distributed in areas marked by persistent, high absolute humidity.

Customers with questions or concerns may call 1-800-853-1403.

Today's global field action brings to 3,672,770 the estimated number of FCA US vehicles affected worldwide by Takata air-bag inflator replacements.
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Statement: Global Air-Bag Inflator Replacement
December 19, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC will replace driver's-side air-bag inflators in an estimated 3.3 million older-model vehicles worldwide, in an expansion of an ongoing regional field action.

Neither FCA US, nor Takata Corporation, the supplier, has identified a defect in this population of inflators. These components also are distinct from Takata inflators cited in fatalities involving other auto makers.

More than 1,000 laboratory tests have been performed on these components. All deployed as intended, but FCA US continues to study the suspect inflators, which are not used in the Company's current production vehicles.

Outside of Florida, one of the areas covered by the original action, no FCA US vehicle has been linked to an air-bag deployment of the type that has raised public concern. Nevertheless, the Company is replacing the Takata components tied to that concern.

FCA US is aware of one related injury involving one of its vehicles, an older-model sedan. It occurred in a southern Florida region marked by persistent, high, absolute humidity – a condition believed to be a contributing factor in the air-bag deployments under investigation.

The ongoing action, announced in June, was confined to Florida and three regions with similar climatic conditions – Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The expansion affects an estimated 2,890,785 vehicles across the U.S.; 258,586 in Canada; 66,436 in Mexico and 99,030 outside the NAFTA region. Covered are certain 2004-2007 vehicles from the following model lines:
Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups
Dodge Ram 3500 Chassis Cabs
Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen full-size SUVs
Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger full-size sedans
Dodge Magnum full-size station wagons
Mitsubishi Raider and Dodge Dakota small pickups

Affected customers will be notified and advised when they may schedule service, which will be provided free of charge. Replacement parts will be first distributed in areas marked by persistent, high absolute humidity.

Customers with questions or concerns may call 1-800-853-1403.

Today's global field action brings to 3,672,770 the estimated number of FCA US vehicles affected worldwide by Takata air-bag inflator replacements.

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