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FCA recalls 2014-2016 JK Wranglers for airbags fault

By Daniel Wong, 12 Apr 2018 News

FCA recalls JK Wranglers

Recall aimed at Takata’s beta passenger airbag inflators.

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a recall for Jeep JK Wranglers and Chrysler LX 300s (6730 units in total) manufactured between the years of 2014-2016 and 2014-2015 respectively.

The full VIN list of vehicles involved in the recall can be read here.

According to the ACCC, the recall is due to Takata-sourced passenger airbag inflators – the inflators identified for this recall are known as ‘beta’ inflators.

FCA will be contacting consumers when replacement parts are available in June. Consumers will then be able to schedule a service with their authorised Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealer to replace the inflator.

For further information, affected owners can contact FCA Australia at 1300 133 079, or contact their preferred Jeep dealer.

‘Beta’ airbag inflators were produced according to design standards, but high temperatures and humidity can cause the propellant to degrade over time.

The report indicates: “If an affected vehicle is involved in a collision triggering the airbag, the metal inflator housing may explode/rupture under too much internal pressure.

“In the event of an airbag inflator rupture, metal fragments could possibly shoot out, straight through the airbag cushion material towards the vehicle occupants causing serious injury or fatality.”