DETROIT, Dec 20:
FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, yesterday expanded a US regional recall of older cars with potentially defective driver-side Takata airbags to a global action, affecting more than 3.3 million vehicles.
FCA was one of five automakers asked by US regulator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last month to expand a recall of such vehicles beyond a limited area with high humidity.
The FCA total for Takata Corp-related recalls is now 3,672,770, including affected passenger-side airbags.
The number of vehicles recalled globally, for all automakers, since 2008 for Takata airbag problems tops 24 million.
Takata has said that extended exposure to high humidity could damage the propellant in the inflators, causing them to spray vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel when the airbags inflate.
Ford Motor Co expanded its recall to a national US action on Thursday, joining Honda Motor Co and Mazda Motor Corp. Only BMW has not expanded its regional recall and officials with the German automaker could not be reached to comment.
Driver-side airbag inflator incidents have been linked to at least five deaths, none in FCA vehicles.
FCA said neither it nor Takata has identified a defect in the affected population of inflators, which the automaker said are different from the ones linked to the five deaths. FCA said it continues to study the suspect inflators.
Outside of Florida, one of the regions covered by the initial regional recall, no FCA vehicles have been linked to an airbag that has deployed with too much force, the company said. It is aware of one injury related to the issue in an older-model sedan in Florida.
FCA said the expanded recall includes 2,890,785 vehicles in the US, 258,586 in Canada, 66,436 in Mexico and 99,030 outside of North America.
It is yet unclear if the airbag recalls include Malaysia.
Covered are certain 2004-2007 model-year vehicles, including Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups, Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen SUVs, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans, Dodge Magnum station wagons and Mitsubishi Raider and Dodge Dakota small pickups, the company said.
Last week, FCA expanded its US recall of vehicles with Takata passenger-side airbags, adding more affected regions.