2004-09 Dodge Ram added to Takata recall

There's 25 converted older-generation Dodge Ram trucks fitted with potentially faulty driver and passenger airbags.
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Queensland's Maracoonda Automotive has issued a recall for converted Dodge Ram utes sold between 2004 and 2010 as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign.

As with all Takata notices, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause airbag inflator propellant to degrade over time.

If the condition occurs, and the affected vehicle is involved in an accident that triggers the airbag, the inflator's metal housing could explode or rupture when deployed, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.

This poses a serious risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle's occupants.

According to Maracoonda Automotive, there are 25 affected Dodge Ram pickups affected, across the 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 lines, in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive guises

In this case, it's the driver and passenger airbags subject to the recall, with sale dates ranging from 15 July 2004 through 15 July 2010 – a VIN list is attached here.

"Customers should contact either Maracoonda Automotive or their local Chrysler dealership, to arrange an inspection, and schedule an appointment for replacement of affected airbags as a matter of urgency," the company says in the recall notice.

For more information, contact Maracoonda Automotive on (07) 5496 7773. You can also access the original recall notice here.

The latest ACCC figures show 3.2 million airbags (78.9 per cent) have been replaced during the Takata recall campaign, leaving 600,000 vehicles (14.8 per cent) on the road with Takata airbag inflators still fitted.

A further 6.3 per cent of vehicles originally included in the recall have been written off, scrapped or unregistered for more than two years, meaning they can't have their airbag replaced.

There are 24 reported deaths and more than 260 injuries from faulty inflators worldwide. One local motorist was killed by a Takata airbag in July 2017, while another was seriously injured in June of the same year.

The ACCC added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall last year. According to the Australian Government, the risk of a defective Takata airbag rupturing may arise between 6 and 25 years after it is installed in a vehicle.

In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years. Concerned owners can check if their vehicle needs a new inflator at