Chrysler recalls over 6,000 cars in S. Korea for faulty air bags

July 23, 2015

SEJONG, July 24 (Yonhap) — U.S. automaker Chrysler is recalling over 6,000 vehicles sold in South Korea due to their Takata air bags, which have led to the recall of millions of cars throughout the world, the transportation ministry said Friday.

According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the air bag’s inflator may ignite with excessive force, in some cases, causing a metal cartridge of the inflator to crack and injure the driver or passengers of the car while being deployed, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The latest recall affects 6,322 cars sold by FCA Korea, the local importer and distributor of Chrysler vehicles.

They include 5,672 Chrysler 300C passenger cars produced between April 21, 2004, and June 19, 2008. The recall also affects 595 Dodge Dakota pickup trucks produced between Oct. 15, 2004, and May 24, 2011.

Takata air bags have led to the recall of over 30 million vehicles in the United States alone. The recall of Chrysler vehicles here also follows a recall of over 24,000 cars last month for the same reason.

Free repair services are currently available at FCA Korea service centers.

In a separate case, Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. is recalling 296 cars sold here for a defective engine start button that may get stuck in the pushed down position, causing the engine to stop.

The recall affects the Nissan Juke produced between Aug. 30 and Oct. 22 of 2013.

Volvo Group Korea, the local importer and distributor of Volvo, is also recalling 90 XC90 passenger cars produced between Sept. 22, 2008, and Oct. 20, 2009, for possible oil leaks due to a defective power steering wheel hose.

Free repair services for both Nissan and Volvo vehicles are currently available at their respective service centers.