• Jun 6, 2010
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For the second time in 2010, Chrysler minivans have landed on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website for a major recall. Back in February, over 312,000 2005 and 2006 model-year Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minivans were recalled for an airbag issue. The latest recall involves 284,831 2008 and 2009 model year vehicles that "may contain an improperly routed wire harness may have a condition where the sliding door hinge bracket can make contact and wear through the wire insulation." If the wiring insulation wears down enough, a short circuit could occur inside the door, overheating the latch and possibly causing a fire.

Owners of affected vans manufactured between February and September 2007 can take them to the nearest Chrysler dealer for a free repair. Hit the jump to read over NHTSA's press release.



[Source: NHTSA]
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
CHRYSLER / TOWN & COUNTRY 2008-2009
DODGE / GRAND CARAVAN 2008-2009

Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V235000

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 284831


Summary:

CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008 AND 2009 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN AND CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2007. SOME OF THE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN BUILT WITH AN IMPROPERLY ROUTED WIRE HARNESS THAT MAY HAVE A CONDITION WHERE THE LOWER SLIDING DOOR HINGE BRACKET CAN MAKE CONTACT AND WEAR THROUGH THE WIRE INSULATION.

Consequence:
A SHORT CIRCUIT COULD OCCUR INSIDE THE SLIDING DOOR, OVERHEATING THE LATCH, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A FIRE.

Remedy:
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JUNE 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-853-1403.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Rumor has it that Chrysler is planning a minivan fire sale...
      • 4 Years Ago
      recalls happen to all manufacturers, it's how they handle it that shows their true colors.


      toyota covering up recalls to keep sales up = biting them in the ass at a later date.


      props to Chrysler for finding the problem and fixing it before it snowballed into a bigger problem like Toyota.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Note to vettefanboi:

      Do not ever in your life criticize American cars...on this board, lol! On the other hand it's not fair to generalize.
      Ford is doing tremendously great in reclaiming it's place in the auto world, GM is also making great strides. It's just Chrysler hasn't caught up yet and can't seem to connect with the masses, maybe with the exception of the 300 and Chargers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      (Looks in garage. 2003 Caddie CTS sitting there. Cold. No flames.)

      H'mmm. What am I doing wrong?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wtf? They sold that many?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Recalls don't bother me at all. In fact - given what actually goes into a vehicle - I'm surprised that there are not more recalls. A LOT MORE! It's the recalls that are NOT happening that I worry about. [Think Toyota] Something like this recall would not keep me from buying a Chrysler minivan. [Or any other Chrysler - for that matter]
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another recall!? Wow... and now, is Toyota the guilty again?
        • 4 Years Ago
        This Chrysler recall is obviously Toyota's fault.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The dealership I was constantly having my POS Grand Cherokee fixed under warranty used an old Chrysler minivan as a shuttle. Trim falling off and the whole thing squeaked like a styrofoam cooler...I still can't believe the dealership was using that as a shuttle...hardly inspired confidence in the manufacturer. I finally unloaded that Grand Cherokee and went back to Japanese cars...Toyota and Honda are still the best out there...
      • 4 Years Ago
      So in other words, they didn't add 5 cents of rubber insulation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No. Try again.

        You can add as much insulation as you want, if it's making contact against a metal bracket no amount of insulation is going to prevent friction wear.

        But nice to see your showing your Anti-Chrysler bias.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Remember this is a Chrysler product we're talking about.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is still not nearly as bad as any recent recall from Toyota. I'm just glad Chrysler caught the problem and is fixing it, rather than covering it up by blaming the owner.
        • 4 Years Ago
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        Whataya want from me

        There might have been a time
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        that baby you're beautiful
        And there's nothing wrong with you
        (nothing wrong with you)
        It's me, I'm a freak (yeah)
        but thanks for lovin' me
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        • 4 Years Ago
        @Wiggly

        I did the same thing, very random, hence why I ignored it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG! This may cancel my local track's annual minivan race.

      (Yes, they do race minivans)
        • 4 Years Ago
        It wouldn't be cancelled over this, it would just become more interesting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who says their isn't any SPARK in a mommy mobile?
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