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Stellantis extends preventive recall to other models over airbag worries

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June 07, 2024
Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Car maker Stellantis has preventively extended a recall of vehicles with potentially faulty airbags to more Citroen and DS models, as well as the Opel brand, spokespeople for the carmaker told Reuters on Friday. Citroen C4, DS4 and DS5 models as well as Opel models are now also subject to a "preventive recall measure", which is less restrictive than the initial recall of Citroen C3 and DS3 models, which requires the immobilisation of the vehicles concerned, they said. According to an Opel spokeswoman, 29,000 Opel vehicles fitted with Takata airbags are affected. At the beginning of May, the group created by the merger between PSA and FCA launched a vast "stop drive" recall campaign for Takata airbags affecting 500,000 Citroën C3 and DS3 vehicles manufactured between 2009 and 2019 and located in 24 different countries in Southern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. These airbags present a safety risk when deployed because the chemicals they contain can deteriorate when exposed to hot and humid weather conditions. "The C4, DS4 and DS5 vehicles are based on different platforms using different airbag references for which no cases of failure have been identified," a Stellantis spokesman said. "Opel vehicles are equipped with different airbags for which no case of failure has been identified," he added.

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