Faulty Takata airbag inflators, which detonated in shrapnel clouds instead of inflating the airbag normally, have been blamed for dozens of fatalities and hundreds of injuries worldwide. Automakers rushed quickly to replace problematic components in millions of vehicles, but many owners have still not had their recalled vehicles repaired, and Stellantis wants those owners to have it done.
Stellantis released a statement on Thursday demanding that the owners of about 276,000 automobiles cease driving their vehicles and finally bring them in to have the defective Takata components replaced. This request applies to the Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Magnum from 2005 to 2010. Stellantis said in its statement that the owners will also be contacted personally.
According to Reuters, three fatalities have been linked to defective Takata components in the previous seven months. The faulty components do not self-repair; they remain ticking time bombs in any car that still has them.