Fiat Chrysler Moves Away from Takata Air Bags for Jeeps

Auburn Hills, Mich. — August 26, 2016 — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is officially halting the use of certain Takata air bag inflators in its new Jeeps. These inflators are the subject of an ongoing and extensive recall, which has affected millions of vehicles and resulted in multiple deaths. While FCA said that it isn’t aware of any failures, it will cease including these models in newer vehicles.

According to a press release from the source, the manufacturer will identify unsold vehicles that use these devices. Around 6,300 of the components were subjected to tests and proved stable, even in “potentially problematic environmental conditions.”

As with the other inflators involved in the Takata air bag recalls, the FCA has previously used “nondesiccated ammonium-nitrate” units, which could degrade in certain conditions. However, the source said that most of the American FCA vehicles “employ alternate propellants.” The last vehicle from the company to be produced with these inflators will be the 2016 Jeep Wrangler.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has tracked completion rates for all the automakers involved in this action. As of June 17, the Fiat Chrysler recalls had led to exactly 1,097,955 air bag repairs, which is 22.7 percent of the total amount. Within this number, it has repaired 24.5 percent of driver-side air bags and 12.1 percent of passenger-side.

So far, the company with the highest completion rate is Honda, which has repaired 48.3 percent of its total air bags. Toyota is second with 30.4 percent repaired, and Nissan is third with 25 percent. Overall, the recalls have seen more than 8.8 million units repaired, most of which are driver-side units.

The NHTSA accelerated the recall May 4, addressing Takata directly and prompting it to support the new additions of as many as 40 million inflators.

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