Chrysler to Start Replacing Takata Air Bags in December

Chrysler Group will begin replacing potentially defective air bag inflators made by Takata Corp in more than 371,000 U.S. vehicles in early December, according to documents filed by the automaker with U.S. safety regulators.

The Chrysler vehicles, from model years 2003-2007, are among an estimated 4.2 million involved in a series of regional recalls in high-humidity regions announced in June by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Chrysler, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said in documents filed with NHTSA that Takata "has made no determination of a safety defect" in the inflators being studied by the safety agency, but it would nonetheless begin replacing them no later than Dec. 19. It could start the recall in parts of Florida in early December, according to the NHTSA documents. The Chrysler vehicles include the Dodge Ram, Durango, Dakota, Charger and Magnum, and Chrysler Aspen and 300. Takata was not immediately available for comment.

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-- Reuters