Ford, Chrysler and Mazda are expanding Takata recalls to include more regions. The recall campaign for Chrysler group covers nearly 149,150 vehicle from 2003 model-year. Covered are Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks. The recall only includes vehicles sold or registered in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Hawaii, Mississippi, Texas and the territories of American Samoa, Saipan, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands. All affected owners will be notified about the recall by January 19, 2015.
According to Chrysler, they do not know about any airbag failures or crashes in these vehicles or even reports of them. The problem is still being investigated by the automaker.
Ford is also among the automakers expanding Takata recalls. Nearly 38,500 vehicles are being called back by the automaker. Affected are model-years 2004-2005 Ranger and model-years 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles. The recall campaign covers only vehicles that were originally sold or ever registered in such states as: Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Florida, and the US Virgin Islands. Certain areas of Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa are also included.
Additionally, Mazda is adding states like Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas to the affected areas. Nearly 86,773 units need repairs.
As you can see, more and more automaker are expanding Takata recalls, although the supplier Takata fights with the NHTSA over the question whether there is a need to expand the recalls nationwide or not.
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