- The First Fatality: Takata Airbag Rupture in 2003 Dodge Ram 1500
- Takata Fatalities in the United States: A Sobering Total of 26
- NHTSA's Plea for Vehicle Owners
- Immediate Verification of Open Takata Airbag Recalls is Urgent
- The Risk of Takata Airbag Explosions
- Contact Information for Assistance
- How to Check for Recalls:
Greetings from Washington, DC! We have vital information to share with you concerning the safety of your 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. Please pay close attention and take immediate action.
The First Fatality: Takata Airbag Rupture in 2003 Dodge Ram 1500
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently confirmed a tragic incident involving an exploding passenger-side inflator of a Takata airbag. Regrettably, this incident resulted in a fatality, making it the first of its kind. Shockingly, the affected vehicle is a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500, which was part of the 2015 recall of 385,686 units. Even more alarming is the fact that approximately 84,000 of these trucks remain unrepaired, placing their occupants at serious risk of injury or worse. We strongly urge you not to drive your vehicle until the recall is completed and the faulty airbag is replaced.
Takata Fatalities in the United States: A Sobering Total of 26
This recent fatality adds to the growing toll of Takata fatalities in the United States, bringing the total to 26. It is imperative that ALL vehicle owners promptly check for any open Takata recalls and take the necessary measures to repair their vehicles if affected.
NHTSA’s Plea for Vehicle Owners
According to NHTSA Acting Administrator Ann Carlson, “The longer a defective Takata airbag inflator remains in use, the greater the danger becomes. For your own safety and the safety of your loved ones, we implore you to have your airbag replaced without delay. Don’t put yourself or your loved ones at risk of serious injury or even death due to a defective, recalled Takata airbag. These repairs are completely free and could save your life.”
Immediate Verification of Open Takata Airbag Recalls is Urgent
NHTSA urgently requests ALL vehicle owners to verify immediately if their vehicle is subject to an open Takata airbag recall. If your vehicle is affected, please contact your dealership right away to schedule a FREE repair. It is crucial that you also follow any additional warnings or instructions provided by the vehicle manufacturer.
The Risk of Takata Airbag Explosions
It is important to understand that even minor accidents can trigger Takata airbag explosions, resulting in fatal or life-altering injuries. Older model year vehicles, in particular, carry a higher risk due to the age of the airbags being a contributing factor.
Contact Information for Assistance
For those who prefer direct communication with the manufacturer, you can reach the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Takata Call Center at 833-585-0144 or visit the manufacturer’s website for further assistance.v
For information regarding Takata recalls for vehicles from other manufacturers, please click here. To access additional details from NHTSA regarding the Takata airbag safety recall, please click here.
How to Check for Recalls:
To check if your vehicle has any open safety recalls, including the urgent Takata recall, you can use NHTSA’s Recalls Lookup Tool by entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Alternatively, you can download this SaferCar app, which will automatically check for any recalls associated with your vehicle. If your vehicle is subject to a safety recall, please call your automaker’s local dealer to schedule the necessary repair, which will be performed free of charge. To receive email notifications about any future recalls affecting your vehicle, sign up at NHTSA.gov/Alerts. If you suspect that your vehicle may have a safety defect not covered by a current recall, please do not hesitate to contact NHTSA. You can reach them online or by calling the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time. For further information, please visit NHTSA.gov/Recalls.
Remember, taking immediate action is crucial to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road. Do not delay check your vehicle today!
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