Former Chrysler expands Takata airbag recall

December 20, 2014, 12:19 AM UTC
This picture taken on November 23, 2014 shows Japanese auto parts maker Takata's logo being displayed at an event in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo. Toyota said on November 27 the company is expanding a recall of cars with airbags made by auto parts maker Takata which have been linked to driver deaths. The world's biggest automaker said it would recall some 57,000 vehicles globally -- about 40,000 units in Japan and some 17,000 overseas -- while subsidiary Daihatsu would recall about 27,500 vehicles in Japan.Some 16 million vehicles from nearly a dozen automakers worldwide, also including Honda, BMW, Ford and General Motors, have been recalled over the problem. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Another auto company is recalling cars with Takata driver’s-side airbags.

The newly-monikered FCA US (FCAU) — a.k.a. the automaker formerly known as Chrysler — said on Friday that it will replace Takata airbag inflators for 3.3 million vehicles. The move expands on previously announced plans to replace the inflator in roughly 370,000 vehicles in Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The recall covers certain Dodge Ram models made between 2004 and 2007 as well as certain Dodge Durango, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Charger, Dodge Dakota, Chrysler Aspen and Mitsubishi Raider models.

Regulators have linked roughly five deaths to faulty Takata airbags in cars made by Honda (HMC). As a result, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is pressuring other major automakers to expand recalls of their own, although Tokyo-based Takata has yet to officially say the airbags are defective.

FCA said the only faulty airbag deployment in one of its vehicles outfitted with Takata airbags happened in Florida, an area covered by the previous recall. That accident involved an injury, but no fatalities.

In its statement Friday, the automaker said neither it nor Takata have identified a defect. It is still investigating possible causes.

Friday’s recall covers nearly 2.9 million cars in the U.S., with the rest of the affected vehicles having been sold in other countries. It brings the total number of cars recalled by the automaker to more than 3.6 million.

Ford Motor (F) expanded its Takata-related recalls Thursday to include more than 500,000 vehicles. Combined, major automakers have recalled more than 21 million vehicles have worldwide over the past several years in connection with Takata inflators, according to Reuters.