It looks like the issues with airbags are not ready to leave the major car makers. This time it is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NASDAQ:FCAU), who have been affected by some airbag fault. As a result, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has recalled around 88,346 Dodge Challenger cars already. The recall takes place after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discovered the flaw and deemed it as dangerous enough to have an adverse effect on safety of the driver.
According to the report, the front airbag along the driver’s side is the home to the trouble. The recall affects most of the Dodge Challengers manufactured during the years 2008 to 2010. The recall was officially published on the NHTSA Website after an official NHTSA Safety Report came in.
The interesting fact is that the faulty airbags installed in the Fiat Chrysler Dodge Challengers had been made by Japan’s Takata Corporation. The faulty airbags from Takata Corporation has already led to quite a few recalls by various major car makers. To be precise, faulty airbags from Takata Corporation have already led to 8 deaths and hundreds of injuries over the last decade.
According to the reports, the airbags are subject to moisture intrusion and can lead to rupture. The risk is that the airbags might as well shoot out sharp metallic objects on rupture, which might just cause a fatal injury. In the past, there have been a few deaths owing to the sharp metallic objects shooting out of ruptured airbags.
NHTSA head, Mark Rosekind has stated that if Fiat Chrysler delays the recall, the traffic agency might just have to consider the fines to be levied on Fiat Chrysler. They might as well force Fiat to buy back the defective cars. No official statement has yet been made by Fiat.
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