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DETROIT (AP) — Stellantis is recalling nearly 285,000 Dodge and Chrysler sedans because the side air bag inflators can explode with too much force during a crash and hurl metal fragments at drivers and passengers.

The recall covers air bag inflators on both sides of Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300 large cars from the 2018 through 2021 model years.

The automaker says in documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators that moisture may get into the inflators due to a manufacturing defect and cause corrosion and cracks. The documents say Stellantis has seven warranty claims and customer assistance reports but no reports of injuries.


FILE -- The Stellantis sign appears outside the Chrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Mich, on Jan. 19, 2021. Stellantis, one of the largest automakers in the world that owns Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and other brands, on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. agreed to follow California's rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars in a move that will help the state advance its move away from gas-powered vehicles. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
FILE — The Stellantis sign appears outside the Chrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Mich, on Jan. 19, 2021. Stellantis, one of the largest automakers in the world that owns Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and other brands, on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. agreed to follow California’s rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars in a move that will help the state advance its move away from gas-powered vehicles. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Dealers will replace both side air bag modules. Owners will be notified starting May 3.

Stellantis estimates that 1% of the inflators are defective.

The inflators are made by Joyson Safety Systems, a company that ended up acquiring Japanese air bag maker Takata after its bankruptcy. Takata used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate front air bags in a crash. But the chemical propellant can deteriorate over time when exposed to high temperatures and humidity. It can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and spewing shrapnel.