FCA US stopped using non-desiccated ammonium-nitrate Takata air-bag inflators.
This year has been really hard on Takata. The company had to go through many recalls and lawsuits due to faulty air bags. It was reported that the faulty air bags released shrapnel when inflated thus posing threat to the passenger’s safety. This issue was highlighted by US Highway Authorities and Takata has to recall thousands of airbags all over from the world.
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According to a new order FCA US LLC will cease all production of vehicles that are equipped with Non-desiccated Ammonium-nitrate in Air bag inflators. This order will start working by next week. It is expected that global production of these cars and inflators will end totally in September too.
Most of the inflators used in US vehicles have alternate propelling system to work in the most efficient way. While desiccant-enhanced ammonium nitrate is used in others. Both of these are safe to use. However Non-desiccated Ammonium-nitrate in Air bags are associated with complains of rupturing in n many cases.
The 2016 Jeep Wrangler’s passenger side had migrated from Non-desiccated Ammonium-nitrate in Air bags. According to FCA US, it is the final inflator to be migrated. The company however is not aware of the failures which involve this inflator.
Many additional tests were performed on 63,000 old vehicles. These tests were performed to test the reliability of these inflators under the environmental change. Almost all of the inflators performed as intended.
The unsold vehicles that are equipped with Non-desiccated Ammonium-nitrate in Air bags will be identified prior to sale for customers. The customers who are interested in buying these vehicles have also been warned about a possible recall by the company to change these inflators too.
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The investigation by NHTSA revealed that these inflators can degrade after several years and might inflate with an extra force causing damage.