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by Matt Campbell

The Takata airbag recall has grown once more, with Chrysler adding extra numbers to its previous recall.

A total of 5508 vehicles are affected in the airbag recall for the US brand, following Fiat Chrysler Australia having already advised 4497 owners of the problem.

The revised recall affects the 2005-2010 Chrysler 300. The previous recall only applied to cars built between 2005 and 2007.

As is the case with the other brands implicated in the airbag recall controversy, the Chrysler models are all being recalled over the driver airbag inflator housing which may rupture, leading to the potential for metal fragments hitting the occupants of the vehicle in the event of an accident.

You can read our full breakdown on what cars are affected by the Takata recall, and see the official recall notice as posted to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s recalls website here.

A spokesperson for the brand informed CarAdvice that about 80 per cent of the vehicles originally recalled for the issue have already been repaired as the company had parts in stock. It is understood that more parts are on their way to Australia, where some other brands are suggesting the recalled vehicles may not be repaired until 2016.

All affected owners will be contacted.

The Takata airbag recall has become one of the largest product recalls ever, with more than 53 million vehicles affected worldwide. The Japanese manufacturer had initially denied issues with its airbags, but has since admitted the major fault which has lead to a number of deaths and injuries around the world.

 




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