Chrysler has announced that it is recalling 299,178 minivans for a potentially dangerous HVAC fault. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, certain 2008 Chrysler Grand Voyager, Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan models could have air conditioning systems that leak condensation onto the occupant restraint control module. This can cause the airbag light to illuminate and may eventually lead to the accidental deployment of the supplemental restraints. The vehicles in question were manufactured between June 24, 2007 and July 30, 2008, and NHTSA warns that an accidental airbag deployment could cause occupant injury or lead to a serious accident.

Chrysler dealers will replace the occupant restraint control module free of charge once the recall begins this month. At this point it's unclear whether any work will be done to the HVAC system to prevent condensation from causing the same issue in the future. Click past the jump for a look at the full recall notice. Owners may contact NHTSA or Chrysler for more information.
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Model Year(s):
2008 CHRYSLER / TOWN AND COUNTRY


2008 CHRYSLER / VOYAGER

2008 DODGE / GRAND CARAVAN

Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC

Mfr's Report Date: AUG 03, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V394000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE Potential Number of Units Affected: 299,718

Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008 CHRYSLER GRAND VOYAGER, TOWN AND COUNTRY AND DODGE GRAND CARAVAN VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 24, 2007, THROUGH JULY 30, 2008. THESE VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE A HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONER (HVAC) CONDENSATE LEAK FROM THE HVAC DRAIN GROMMET ONTO THE OCCUPANT RESTRAINT CONTROL (ORC) MODULE, WHICH CAN LEAD TO THE ILLUMINATION OF THE AIRBAG WARNING LIGHT AND A POTENTIAL INADVERTENT AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT WITHOUT WARNING.

Consequence:
AN INADVERTENT AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT COULD RESULT IN INJURY TO THE SEAT OCCUPANT IN FRONT OF THE DEPLOYING AIRBAG AND/OR A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE AFFECTED AIR BAG MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING AUGUST 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes:
CHRYSLER SAFETY RECALL NO. L01. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      icharlie
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about zee German Routan?
        Isaac
        • 4 Years Ago
        @icharlie
        zee Routan's first year was 2009, this recall affects vehicles manufactured until July 2008.
      jamesa
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am just surprised the Chrysler sold 300,000 vehicles.
        Frank
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jamesa
        You're only about 800,000 short their if you referring to calendar year sales of all vehicles. And that's during "carmegeddon" not the good times.
        Steve
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jamesa
        I worked for a Tier 2 supplier of the Chrysler minivans (RT) and related VW Routan (RM) programs. We kicked-off production in the summer of 2007 to support approximately 12,000 vehicles per week. Production requirements never really dropped below 7,500 vehicles per week. Unfortunately we and our customer quickly lost the business a year later when a competitor beat our price.
        MAX
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jamesa
        You must not be paying attention, Chrysler has sold more than half the minivans ever sold in America and Canada including this year.
        Donna Borum
        • 9 Months Ago
        @jamesa

        love mine. had a dodge dynasty 93 and 95 . new 93 mine, my mom had a 99,new. drove both 20 years with no problems. bought a new 99 mini van, drove 20 years no problems till 20th year, transmisson went out, but got my moneys worth. Now driving a 2013 Dodge grand caravan and love it, in lu of some recalls I hope are minor fixes.s \



        • 4 Years Ago
        @jamesa
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      stickshiftn69
      • 4 Years Ago
      i cant believe nobody thought of covering the restraint control module while the HVAC was above it .... leave it to chrysler to do something like this.... HOWEVER at least they man up and fix the problem ... and do not duck and hide like sneaky and cheap toyota tucked thier acceleration problems for decades
        • 4 Years Ago
        @stickshiftn69
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      TOGO
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope the bags go off and slap that cell phone out of your hands, dam soccer moms.
      Harrison
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who says minivans are boring? Does your beige Toyota randomly punch you without warning? Exactly.
      ManOnFire
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler makes the most junk cars on the road. No wonder they are always living on the edge of bankruptcy. Obama should have let them go over instead of staying on tax payer life support.
      Andre Neves
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh nice. That's always good to know. One day as you're driving down the road, you can just randomly get hit in the face with a 200mph airbag causing you to panic, lose control, & hit a tree/car. Awesome! *thumbs up*
        Frank
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Well the airbag light coming on and staying on might give you a clue that something's wrong way before the bag *might* (or might not) go off (you did read the article didn't you?).
          Frank
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Frank
          Well, since you did read the article then you read the sentence "This can cause the airbag light to illuminate and *may* eventually lead to the accidental deployment..." So it might or might not happen, which means no one except God can tell you when it's going to happen (if it even does). So the takeaway is this: stuff like airbag and ABS/brake lights come on get your butt over to your local dealer/mechanic and get it looked at. Don't fool aorund with the safety equipment warnings. Same could be said about excessive temperature readings becuase it can kill an engine (don't ask me how I know!).
          stickshiftn69
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Frank
          yes he probably did read the article .... here is what most people do : a light with a balloon in front of face pops up... they think....what on God's green earth can that be ???... hmm .. then they ask thier mechanic ... well that is an air bag light ...then they think... ohhh im sure it will just magically disappear some day because i don't need to worry about it now and they just neglect it until something bad happens but car guys like us think like this: if a warning/maintenence/check engine light came on in my car, im on that **** faster than the bulb behind the dash gets hot so i don't have that problem of neglecting issues
          Klinkster
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Frank
          The key word in this statement is "CAN" rather than "WILL" which probably accounts for quite a few cases where the airbag light doesn't illuminate (because it's already failed or doesn't exist as part of Chrysler's el-Cheapo decontenting to win the lowest advertised MSRP war). "...models could have air conditioning systems that leak condensation onto the occupant restraint control module. This CAN cause the airbag light to illuminate and may eventually lead to the accidental deployment of the supplemental restraints."
      mchlrus1
      • 4 Years Ago
      My aunt had this problem in her Nissan Armada. She backed up very slowly and nicked a no parking sign and the air bag went off. It hurt her and the air bag didn't do anything to help her, in fact it gave her burn marks.
      hlavco
      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't know Chrysler still made Voyagers in 2008.
      TOGO
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's my fear
        Donna Borum
        • 9 Months Ago
        @TOGO

        My fear to. I just as soon ride with Jesus in my car as trust an air bag. A friend of mine got hit in the chest with an airbag in a minor accident. bruised so bad and hospital sent her home saying bruises will heal and pain meds. She died that night from so much trama in chest. . I don't trust at all. 

        Iti would scare me to death if they popped out with the force they say .


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