June 20, 2014
Mr. Frank Borris
Director, Office of Defect Investigation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E. Washington, D.C. 20590
Dear Mr. Borris:
This letter is Chrysler’s response to your request that Chrysler consider a regional field action to address a risk of airbag inflator failures that was described in a letter from Takata Holdings Inc. to the Office of Defect Investigations (ODI), dated June 11, 2104, and that was discussed in a conference call with several manufacturers, including Chrysler, on June 13, 2014.
Although Chrysler has not at this time, made a determination of a defect in the subject airbag inflators, it is Chrysler’s intention to conduct a field action to replace the driver airbag inflators built between January 1, 2004 and June 30, 2007, as well as the passenger airbag inflators built between June 1, 2000 and July 31, 2004 in the Chrysler vehicles located in the regions identified by Takata (Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands).
Chrysler is currently working with Takata to identify the serial numbers for the suspect inflators. This information will be used to establish the potentially affected vehicles in the regions identified by Takata. Once this affected vehicle population is identified, Chrysler will provide the information to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
As of this date, Chrysler is aware of only a single incident in a Chrysler vehicle involving the suspect inflators.