• May 11, 2007
The Detroit News is reporting that DaimlerChrysler has recalled 270,000 units of the 2005 Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minvans to fix airbag sensors that could corrode and fail to activate. The recall, however, only affects minvans that were sold in 20 states and Washington D.C. where lots of salt is used on public roads to melt ice and snow. Apparently these UF sensors have brass bushings that may corrode from road salt and crack, allowing to water to reach the sensor, which causes it to fail and illuminate a warning light on the dash.

So if you own a 2005 Dodge Caravan and live in Florida, you're probably safe. If you live in Buffalo, NY, however, you might want to visit your local Dodge dealer this weekend. The number of vehicles affected includes as many 270,958 minivans built from April 24, 2003 to February 2, 2005. We've included a list of the 20 states affected after the jump along with the recall report from the NHTSA. DaimlerChrysler will notify owners in each state and replace the brass bushings with steel ones to prevent the sensor from failing in the future. If you live in a different state than one on the list, DCX will offer you lifetime free replacement of any UF airbag sensor that fails on your minivan. If you have more questions, you can contact DCX at 1-800-853-1403.

[Source: The Detroit News, NHTSA]

NHTSA Recall Report

2005 CHRYSLER / TOWN AND COUNTRY
2005 DODGE / CARAVAN

Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 07V192000
Mfr's Report Date : MAY 01, 2007
Component: AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 270958

Summary:
CERTAIN MINIVANS ARE BEING RECALLED IN STATES WHICH USE LARGE AMOUNTS OF SALT FOR ROAD DE-ICING, TO REPLACE THEIR UP FRONT (UF) AIR BAG SENSORS. UF SENSORS WITH BRASS BUSHINGS MAY CORRODE AND CRACK ALLOWING WATER TO ENTER THE SENSOR, CAUSING IT TO FAIL, ILLUMINATING THE AIR BAG WARNING LIGHT.

Consequence:
UF SENSORS PROVIDES ENHANCED AIR BAG PERFORMANCE IN CERTAIN TYPES OF FRONTAL CRASHES. IN ONE OF THESE CRASHES, WITH ONE OR BOTH OF THE VEHICLE'S UF SENSORS INOPERATIVE, THE OCCUPANTS WILL NOT BENEFIT FROM THE ENHANCED AIR BAG PROTECTION THAT THESE SENSORS WOULD PROVIDE.

Remedy:
IN STATES THAT USE LARGE AMOUNTS OF ROAD SALT, INCLUDING MAINE, NEW HAMPSHIRE, VERMONT, MASSACHUSETTS, RHODE ISLAND, CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA, DELAWARE, MARYLAND, WEST VIRGINIA, OHIO, INDIANA, MICHIGAN, ILLINOIS, WISCONSIN, MINNESOTA, IOWA, MISSOURI, KENTUCKY, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, UTAH, NEBRASKA, KANSAS, ALASKA AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DAIMLERCHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE SUPPLEMENTAL UF AIR BAG SENSORS THAT CONTAIN BRASS BUSHINGS WITH UF SENSORS CONTAINING STEEL BUSHINGS AND HOUSINGS MOLDED OF CRASTIN MATERIAL. IN THE OTHER STATES, DAIMLERCHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND WILL PROVIDE LIFETIME FREE REPLACEMENT OF ANY UF SENSOR THAT FAILS. OWNERS ARE REMINDED TO SEEK IMMEDIATE REPAIR IN THE EVENT THEIR AIR BAG WARNING LIGHT IS ILLUMINATED. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JULY 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes:
DAIMLERCHRYSLER NOS. G09/X16. THIS ACTION IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN AND IS NOT BEING CONDUCTED IN FULL ACCORDANCE WITH THE SAFETY ACT. DAIMLERCHRYSLER HAS INFORMED NHTSA THAT IT WILL PROVIDE THE ABOVE REMEDY AT NO COST TO THE OWNERS.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      A little off topic, but there is a thread on the Consumer Reports website about air-bag sensors on Toyota Siennas. According to a plus-sized Sienna owner, if you are too fat (295+) the sensor, will deactivate the system. Don't know if this is a real issue or not. I'm not a Toyota basher or anyting, but since the topic is minivan airbags....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes #1 is a complete moron !!!Hope he enjoy's his honda,Oh if it start's!!!(crappy honda fuel pumps)or his toyota sienna if it's not completely rusted out in 6 month's(toyota problem)
      • 7 Years Ago
      "This presumes you will still be alive to collect on the warranty!"

      If you ignore THE AIRBAG WARNING LIGHT THAT COMES ON WHEN THE SENSOR IN QUESTION FAILS, you probably deserve what is coming to you, and society is probably better for it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who cares about the airbag sensor? Big deal...nothing earth shattering.
      • 7 Years Ago
      no, anyone at anytime can have a dealer run their vin to make sure all recalls have been performed... and I believe it is mandatory for a dealership to do so before selling the vehicle.

      Also, the system does not fail without warning. The airbag light will come on. If the airbag light is on, a reasonable person would take the vehicle to the dealership to find out why.


      Nice swipe at ChryCo, though you are still a moron.
      • 7 Years Ago
      4 break jobs on 30miles.


      Dude you aren't supposed to drive with the E-brake still on!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Brad,

      What happened? Did the airbag light come on in your minivan on the way take junior to soccer practice?

      • 7 Years Ago
      Doesn't surprise me.... I drive an 05' Caravan whose airbag light has been on for weeks now. I'm also an engineer for DCX and nothing shocks me about this outfit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So... If I bought a used Chrysler minivan, and don't know how many miles were spent in the salt, I have to wait until the airbag system fails to get the sensor fixed? That doesn't make me feel very warm and fuzzy...
      • 7 Years Ago
      " Remember when Chrysler first intoduced the "Ultradrive" transmission? It was the first electronically controlled 4 speed auto which adapted to the drivers driving habits. It's introduction was a disaster with many failures and bad press including Consumer Reports. If you read the media coverage you would think that EVERY one of them was going belly up."

      Many of Chrysler`s transmission problems were due to the old school mechanic who used good ole GM Dextron II for anything and everything. If you have a Chrysler auto transmission only use ATF+3 or the updated ATF+4.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dude, then why don't you take over the site and edit out the stories that you don't think fits the "enthusiast" category?
      Jim Roberts
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wear your seat belt and put a piece of tape over the warning light.
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