Stellantis Company and US government regulators have confirmed that a driver died after a Takata airbag inflator exploded.
The company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have warned 274,000 drivers of older model Dodge and Chrysler models to stop driving until the inflators are fixed.
Stellantis announced that the bags caused two deaths in November and that inflators are suspected of being the cause of another. The company, formerly known as Fiat Chrysler, confirmed a third death on Monday.
Stellantis asked people to stop driving Dodge Magnum, Dodge Challenger and Charger vehicles, as well as Chrysler 300 sedans from 2005 to 2010 models.
Since 2009, airbag explosions have killed at least 33 people worldwide, 24 of them in the United States.
The company said three deaths in the United States this year occurred after April in hot weather.
Takata uses ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion that inflates the airbags in a crash. But the substance can become more volatile over time when exposed to moisture and high temperatures. Inflators may explode with excessive force, splattering metal from the container.
About 400 cases of injury have been reported, the majority in the United States, but also in Australia and Malaysia.
Stellantis vehicles were recalled in 2015 under a “do not drive” warning and have since been repaired free of charge. The dealership carries auto parts, and Stellantis will provide transportation of the vehicles to the dealership.
NHTSA said the most recent fatality was in a Chrysler 300.