Chrysler has given into government demands to expand a recall of driver’s side air bag inflators.
Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators, and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall list for air bags that could explode with too much force.
Chrysler sales rise 20 percent. GM sales up 6 percent. Ford sales drop 2 percent.
Even though their airbags have erupted – flinging shrapnel at drivers – Takata Corp. claims a nationwide air bag recall is unfounded.
U.S. safety regulators have threatened airbag maker Takata Corp. with fines and legal action, if they do not admit the driver’s air bag inflators are defective and agree to a nationwide recall.
A Japanese-based auto parts maker is about to be in the hot seat in the nation’s capital as they face a senate panel and pressure from a federal agency to recall millions of airbags across the US.
The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver.
Chrysler posts $611 million in third quarter earnings, expects to make around $2.5 billion for full year.
Chrysler sales rise 22 percent. Best October since 2001. GM sales were flat. Ford sales dropped 2 percent, on tight pickup inventories.
Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 SUVs and trucks because malfunctioning fuel heaters can cause fires, or a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control.