Another 3.3 million vehicles are being added to the Takata airbag recall ranks, with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Toyota each adding over 1.6 million vehicles each.
The recall involves front airbags that may be affected by climatic conditions resulting in the inflator exploding on deployment, which could spray metal bits into the cabin. As a result of the vast number of vehicles fitted with the airbags and the different conditions in which they are used, the recalls have been staged over a number of years.
The latest round of additions affects 1,676,282 vehicles from Toyota (376,282 in Canada and about 1.3 million in the US) and 1,619,735 from FCA (88,830 in Canada, 12,821 in Mexico, about 1.4 million in the US and 118,084 outside NAFTA region).
Toyota models include 2010-12 Lexus ES 350, 2010-17 GX 460, 2010-15 IS 250C, 2010-15 IS 350C, 2010-13 IS 250, 2010-13 IS 350 and 2010-14 IS-F, 2010-15 Scion xB, and 2010-16 Toyota 4Runner, 2010-13 Corolla, 2010-14 Matrix and 2011-14 Sienna.
At FCA, the recall affects 2010-15 Chrysler 300, 2010-14 Dodge Challenger, 2011-2015 Charger and 2010-11 Dakota, 2010-16 Jeep Wrangler, and 2010 Ram 3500 and 4500/5500 chassis cab.
In all cases, dealers will replace either the airbag inflator or the entire airbag assembly, depending on the affected models.