Fiat Chrysler issues ‘Do Not Drive’ warning for nearly 276K vehicles after air bag deaths

This is a file image of the Chrysler logo. (Gene J. Puskar, AP)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued a “Do Not Drive” warning Thursday for nearly 276,000 vehicles.

Chrysler said its warning applies to about 276,000 Dodge Magnums, Chargers and Challengers with model years between 2005 and 2010, along with MY Chrysler 300s from the same years.

The alert comes after two people died in separate crashes involving 2010 Dodge Chargers after Takata air bags apparently exploded, according to the National Highway Safety Administration.

The administration is also aware of several other suspected inflator ruptures in vehicles from other automakers potentially due to exploding Takata air bags.

“An exploding Takata air bag can send metal fragments toward the driver or passengers, and this shrapnel can kill – and has – killed or maimed people,” said Ann Carlson, the acting administrator for NHTSA

All vehicle owners are urged to immediately check to see if their vehicle has an open Takata air bag recall. If it does, owners can contact their dealership to schedule a free repair.

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