Chrysler is recalling more than 149,000 Dodge Ram trucks in the latest recall involving Takata airbags.
The recall affects certain model year 2003 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks sold or registered in areas with high absolute humidity, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam, and American Samoa.
Takata airbags have been linked to several deaths and numerous injuries caused by rupturing inflators. Experts believe humidity has played a role in causing the propellant to become unstable, resulting in explosions when the airbag is deployed.
The company denied requests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue a nationwide recall of driver-side airbags. Citing a design difference, the NHTSA did not request an expansion for passenger-side airbags, limiting the recall to only high-humidity areas.
Chrysler will notify owners affected by the recall, and dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflator, free of charge.
For more information, owners can contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P40 Expanded.