A recall will be issued for 88,346 Dodge Challengers by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to repair a defect with the driver-side frontal airbag, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on its website last Saturday. According to the NHTSA safety report, the recall covers 2008-2010 model year Challengers produced between September 2007 and October 2010.
This report adds to the list that the NHTSA got from the company last May in relation to a nationwide recall to replace defective airbags built by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. The report revealed that moisture may get into the inflators on the affected devices and this could lead to rupture, spraying metal bits on the driver.
The agency also said that Chrysler will get a replacement for the frontal airbag inflators but this isn’t available for now. These Takata airbags are at the center of what is likely to become the biggest auto safety recall in the U.S., related to 8 fatalities and hundreds of injuries that span more than 10 years.
All of the deaths happened in Honda brand vehicles. Last May 21, Chrysler issued a recall of some vehicles built between 2004 and 2011. Last July 6, a Chrysler audit revealed that the 2008-2010 model year Dodge Challengers were “inadvertently excluded” from the recall announced previously.
As a result, they had to add to the list. On July 2, NHTSA head Mark Rosekind said that Fiat Chrysler’s habit of delaying the recalls may force the agency to consider whether to impose fines or to compel the automaker to buy back the vehicles affected by the recall.