Ram trucks recalled for faulty airbagsEngineering360 News Desk | August 25, 2021
Stellantis is recalling more than 266,000 pickup trucks mainly in North America because the side air bags can explode without warning and hurl shrapnel into the cabin. This is the second major recall of pickup trucks in the past two months for the same problem.
Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler, says the recall covers certain Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups from the 2015 through 2020 model years. Also included are some previous generation Ram 1500 pickups known as the Classic, from 2015 through 2020. The latest version of the Ram 1500 is not affected.
Stellantis said in a statement that the airbag inflators in the pickups were contaminated with moisture during a supplier's manufacturing process. Metal canisters holding the inflator can rupture, even if the airbags are not deployed in a crash. One inflator ruptured, but Stellantis said there have been no injuries.
The company said it will notify customers when they can schedule service. Owners with fears or questions can call (800)-853-1403.
Last month General Motors recalled more than 400,000 pickups in the U.S. for the same problem. Documents filed in the GM recall said the inflators were made by Joyson Safety Systems in Mexico, the company that purchased the assets of bankrupt airbag maker Takata. Takata used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate airbags in a crash. The chemical can become more volatile over time when exposed to moisture in the air. The explosion can blow apart a metal canister and spew shrapnel.
Stellantis said Friday that the airbags in the Ram recall do not contain ammonium nitrate.
Takata airbags caused the largest series of auto recalls in U.S. history, with at least 63 million inflators recalled. The U.S. government said that as of last year, more than 11.1 million had not been fixed. About 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide.