NHTSA is opening a preliminary evaluation into airbag inflators from Arc Automotive. The agency has reports of two ruptures with injuries: one in a 2002 Chrysler Town and Country and another in a 2004 Kia Optima. It's not yet known whether the incidents are linked.
Ford is recalling a total of 203,494 vehicles in North America in two campaigns. One of them covers an issue with the instruments in the Escape and Transit. The other is a small labeling issue for the Transit.
The Dodge Grand Caravan is set to live through the 2016 and 2017 model years, according to a leaked FCA production document. Under the company's five-year plan, the minivan was previously scheduled to retire in 2016 when the new Chrysler Town and Country debuted.
Ford's 2016 model-year updates for the Transit van include available dual sliding doors and Sync 3 infotainment, while the Transit Connect offers second-row bucket seats and a flex-fuel capable engine.