FCA has issued a recall for certain Dodge Challenger muscle cars because of the problem with the Takata airbag inflators.
According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, there are a total of 88,346 examples of the Dodge Challenger which are affected by this issue and owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers in order to get it fixed. The affected models have the dual-stage frontal airbag on the driver’s side, which, because of the moisture intrusion, it may cause the inflator to rupture, increasing the risk of injury or death.
“The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death”, says the NHTSA in its recall Summary and Consequence of the problem.
The Dodge Challenger vehicles which are affected by the Takata issue are from the 2008 to 2010 model years and they have been produced between September 19, 2007, and October 29, 2010. Owners of these models will be notified by FCA and the company’s dealers will be replacing the driver’s frontal airbag, free of charge. Owners will be contacted soon but an exact notification schedule hasn’t been provided yet. For any extra details on the topic, you can contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.