July 11, 2023 — Yet another death has been linked to a defective Takata airbag that exploded and spewed jagged metal shrapnel.
Stellantis, the parent company of Chrysler, issued a “Stop-Drive Order” after a person was killed by an exploding airbag in a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck.
According to the warning, the person who died was the owner of the vehicle, but they were sitting in the front passenger seat.
The vehicle was involved in a collision and when the airbag deployed, it shot out broken metal parts that hit the person and caused severe injuries.
The defective Takata airbags were recalled because they can “rupture on airbag deployment, scattering razor-sharp debris capable of causing serious injury or death,” according to the stop-drive warning.
The fatality is the 26th death linked to Takata airbags, but the first passenger.
Stellantis said the owner was sent 6 recall notices for the airbags on their 2003 Dodge Ram pickup, but “all went unheeded.”
The company is urging owners of 2003 Dodge Ram pickup trucks to get the airbags repaired immediately. The warning also applies to an estimated 233,000 un-repaired Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum, Challenger and Charger vehicles from model-years 2005 to 2010.
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