Recall Alert: 2008 - 2010 Dodge Challenger Affected by the Takata Airbag Fiasco

Hear this: FCA US analyzed a population of cars that were excluded from the company’s original Takata airbag-related recall. After investigations had concluded, FCA found that these cars do need replacement airbags. Oh yes they did just that.
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According to a document published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we’re told that the population “was incorrectly identified as having a later version of Takata inflator (PSDI-X).” The PSDI-X airbag has not been included in any recall, but upon further review, FCA determined that the vehicle model did not receive the PSDI-X until the 2011 model year. Yes, boys and girls, FCA US didn’t know what type of airbag model it equipped the Dodge Challenger with.

Thankfully for the unaware customers, the peeps from FCA US have announced a recall that includes all 2008 to 2010 model year Dodge Challenger vehicles. All 88,346 of them. These babies were assembled between September 19th, 2007, to October 29th, 2010, with the driver airbag being the culprit.

Like any other Takata airbag-related recall, we’re told that the driver airbag inflator is susceptible to moisture intrusion. With moisture, the explosive propellant of the airbag blows with so much force it thrusts shrapnel in the driver’s face, a condition that could lead to life-threatening injuries. Yikes!

Over the years, Takata has identified 8 deaths linked to its faulty airbags, all of them in cars made by Honda. FCA US informs that it isn’t aware of any Challenger owner harmed by the faulty airbags. Interim notices will start mailing from August 14th, followed by a second notice about availability of replacement airbags. Owners may also calls FCA US at 1-800-853-1403, inquiring about FCA recall number R37.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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