Chrysler has issued a recall for some 2013 Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Ram C/V Tradesman vans built between May 10, 2012 and June 7, 2013. These vehicles may have a software error that would cause the wrong side (opposite side) airbags to deploy in a crash. With this defect, a left-side impact would cause the right-side airbag to deploy, etc.

The recall affects 281,500 vehicles in total: 224k in the US, 49,300 in Canada, 2,900 in Mexico and 5,300 in other locations. Chrysler will notify owners of effected vehicles, and reflash the offending occupant restraint control module to resolve the issue. Scroll down to read the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release.
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Report Receipt Date: JUL 02, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V283000
Component(s): AIR BAGS , ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 224,254
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, and RAM C/V Tradesman vehicles manufactured May 10, 2012, through June 7, 2013. A software error may result in the opposite side airbags deploying from the collision point (a left side impact would deploy the right side airbags and vice versa).

CONSEQUENCE:
In the event of a crash, the wrong side airbags could deploy leaving the occupant with no airbag protection at the point of impact, increasing the risk of injury.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will flash the occupant restraint control module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N44.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      ransomwright
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Chrysler,Dodge and Plymouth Minivans are the best all around vehicles that Detroit ever produced.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ransomwright
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        pickles
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ransomwright
        Having rented a T&C for a month, and never having had an American car once, I concur, it's a super vehicle, HOWEVER, messing up which side the freakin' air bags go off on is beyond unacceptable. It's this kind of bs that made me too freaked to buy a Chrysler. It's too bad. Driving it, working those brilliant Stow-n-Go seats was swell but if it doesn't run or puts my life at risk, no way it's worth the chance.
        vendelavee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ransomwright
        Correction! They WERE the best all around vehicles that Detroit ever produced at one time. Not anymore.
      owen brown
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lol wow!!! Only a Chrysler
      supersargee6
      • 2 Years Ago
      this will be all over the national and local news, as it should be, but foriegn brands, especially toyota, recalls are not reported at all
        • 2 Years Ago
        @supersargee6
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          Tom
          • 2 Years Ago
          Actually toyota probably is the worst for recalls.
          nbcftgohah
          • 2 Years Ago
          another japanese worker...
      truckguy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since I came in to much money I will NOT be buying ANY Italian cars.... Thank You!!!
        Tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @truckguy
        man who nuts in cash register. comes into money
        • 2 Years Ago
        @truckguy
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      Mr White
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gee... A Chrysler recall this is news? This happens so often it shouldn't need to be reported! Maserati is going to regret putting their new Ghibli on a Chrysler platform!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mr White
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      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Otherwise decent product. Plenty of them out there even the old ones from the 80s.
      bayway48
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those headlights are enough, for me, to stay away from this vehicle. Not only is it dangerous (the recall) but it looks dangerous.....and not in a flattering way. eeeekkk!!!!
      chrono00
      • 2 Years Ago
      How does that happen, honestly? Did someone at the manufacturing plant accidentally crossed the wires to 280,000 Chrysler minivans because they had a bad at work or something?
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chrono00
        Its all in the programming. Im glad they found it and are fixing it. But I imagine recalls like this will happen often for a while as more programs and computers get stuffed into cars.
          Patricia
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jesus!
          As with all programing, garbage in, garbage out.
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      davidl1950
      • 2 Years Ago
      We currently own three Grand Caravans in our business.............never again!!! Already started switching out to Fords. So tired of having to replace brakes and wheel bearings. Too bad...........a good concept that probably got ruined by the bean counters who figured they could put cheap foreign parts in and no one would be the wiser.
        m_2012
        • 2 Years Ago
        @davidl1950
        Brakes are as common as oil changes on these.
          vendelavee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @m_2012
          Some people are really dumb. I just bought a new vehicle and read reviews of people complaining because they had to get new brakes on a new car after 30,000 miles.. Like they thought they were supposed to last forever.
          David Becker
          • 2 Years Ago
          @m_2012
          If you keep an eye on them, it's really not that big a deal. And after all, I'd really rather they wear out and get replaced as need. Because you need to, like, stop.
      Bernard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think I've ever seen a black minivan before.
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bernard
        Its like a black crystal. Makes black look classier.
      char
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some entitled grease ball at the plant must of been sleeping. Take a close look at Dodge / Chrysler fit and finish it. They build poorly constructed machines, for poor people. The Cummins 6.9L is the only thing the marque has going for it. I have worked at a few of their plants as a contracted automation engineer. There is no passion in that company. just a work force that takes naps and complains. Give it another decade they will be on the blocks again, only this time no ones gonna step up with the duffel bags.
        Love Great Danes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @char
        Interesting and you lost your job in that environment
        David Becker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @char
        My 2011 Grand Caravan is pretty good stuff. My Toyota Sienna: countless problems. But good story, bro
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