It has been over two years since Takata air bags have revealed that their products might have a lethal flaw. In that time nearly every automaker in the world has been affected in one way or another. So it was only a matter of time before Fiat Chrysler felt the pinch that so many other have. As reported by the Consumerist, Fiat has announced the recall of an additional nearly 90,000 Dodger Challengers (’08 – ’10), on top of the 11 million already announced. However, unlike its many contemporaries, Fiat has taken considerably longer to announce the mandatory recall.
This process has done little to endear the company to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), who blasted the company for its failure to act in a timely fashion. The Challengers were included in the recall after Fiat performed its own internal audit and discovered that the vehicles in question had been “inadvertently excluded”. Despite catching the error, regulators still have little patience for the slow moving company. A special hearing was convened by the NHTSA on July 2nd to address Fiat’s lack of effort in the process. As stated by NHTSA’s Vehicle Integrity Division chief, Scott Yon – “…Fiat Chrysler’s recall performance often differs from that of its peers,” and the “…recall remedies sometimes fail to remedy the defects they are supposed to fix.” As a result, Fiat has promised to increase output to meet the repair demand by the end of the year.
What this ultimately means for consumers remains to be seen. But if you currently own any of the models involved in the recall, we highly recommend speaking with your auto dealer as soon as possible. Additionally, if you have been injured due to a defective product on your vehicle, contact the Law Office of Rick D. Banks to review your legal options.