Australian motorists have been notified with the announcement of another airbag recall.
The recall, which affects around 5,500 family-focused Dodge Nitro SUVs and the seven-seat Chrysler Grand Voyager, has nothing to do with global Takata airbag intake.
The Dodge Nitros built between 2007 and 2012 was affected, as did the Grand Voyager built between 2008 and 2010.
In this case, the driver’s airbag emblem may become loose or completely detached, causing it to eject as the airbag inflates.
According to the recall notice submitted to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, a defective airbag has the potential to seriously injure passengers in the event of an accident.
The owners will be contacted by FCA to organize a free repair.
But the owners will have to go to the agency twice, the first time to implement a temporary repair and the second time to complete a full repair.
The recall comes as the long-running saga of Takata airbag summons, which has claimed the lives of more than 20 people around the world, is drawing to a close.
More than 4 million airbags have been withdrawn in Australia and more than 100 million worldwide.
In Australia, automakers have replaced nearly 95 percent of Takata airbags, but as of August 31, some 129,000 affected vehicles were still on the road.
The summons also sparked a class action lawsuit involving more than 2 million owners in Australia suing Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, Nissan, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen.
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