New York State drivers are hitting the road in droves this summer; many of them in their trusty pickup truck

Whether it’s for tailgating, camping, or just taking a quick road trip, pickup trucks are the ideal vehicle for hauling almost anything you need to take from place A to B. 

Pickup truck enthusiasts  are also some of the most dedicated vehicle owners, with many of them driving their beloved truck for hundreds of thousands of miles. 

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It’s exactly those people who need to be aware of a major recall, because an older pickup truck model is causing serious (and potentially fatal) injuries to many of their drivers and passengers. 

Massive Dodge Pickup Recall Across New York State

One major car company in the US has just announced a huge recall of one of their pickup truck models. Before hitting the New York State highways this summer in your pickup truck, you need to check to see if yours is one of them.

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Thousands of older pickup trucks are being recalled due to a serious safety issue, affecting thousands of drivers across New York State.

After a person was killed in May due to a Takata air-bag inflator exploding, Stellantis, the manufacturer of Dodge, has issued a do-not-drive order for 2003 Dodge Ram pickup owners who have yet to receive repairs on the equipment. 

Upon explosion, these faulty air-bag inflators could spew shrapnel and metal inside the vehicle, gravely injuring anyone inside.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 84,000 of these Dodge pickups are still on the road - thousands of them here in New York State - and drivers need to stop using them immediately.

"If you have one of these vehicles, DO NOT DRIVE it until the recall is completed and your defective airbag is replaced." - NHTSA

Takata air-bag inflators have been causing problems in vehicles for years, causing 67 million vehicles to be recalled over the last decade and causing more than 30 deaths and thousands of injuries worldwide.

The issues have caused Takata Inc. to declare bankruptcy.

Here’s What To Do If Your Dodge Ram Is Affected By This Recall

The NHTSA is urging owners of 2003 Dodge Ram pickup trucks to stop driving them ASAP, and to check if their vehicle is in need of repairs as soon as possible. 

You can look up if your Dodge is one of the recalled vehicles here

If it is, you need to contact your local New York State dealership to schedule a free repair before taking it back on the road.

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