Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall for the 2014-15 Chrysler 300 and 2014-16 Jeep Wrangler as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign.
Vehicles affected by this notice are fitted with faulty passenger-side airbags, though are labelled with the less-dangerous ‘beta’ rating.
As the airbag gets older, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause the inflator propellant to degrade over time.
If the condition occurs and said vehicle is involved in a collision that triggers the airbag, the metal inflator housing could rupture under excessive internal pressure, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.
Occupants are at high risk of serious injury, even death, if the airbag is faulty.
The number of recalled vehicles by model line is as follows:
A VIN list for the affected units can be viewed here.
FCA Australia will contact owners in June, when replacement parts are expected to be available. Owners can also contact 1300 133 079 for more information.
Faulty Takata airbags have been linked to 19 deaths globally, including one in Australia, along with some 200 injuries. While 12 manufacturers have already issued recall notices for around 4 million vehicles in Australia, the government wants further action to be taken.
Owners who think their vehicle could be affected should check to see if their unit’s make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) are listed on the Product Safety Australia website.