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Chrysler recalling nearly 370,000 minivans over potential airbag flaw

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Chrysler recalling nearly 370,000 minivans over potential airbag flaw

by Jeff Glucker (RSS feed) on Dec 15th 2010 at 2:34PM

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Chrysler has put out a notice that it will be recalling 367,350 minivans in both Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan flavors. The reason? The airbags might go off when you don't want them to. Water leaks in 2008 model year minivans may accidentally trigger a warning light and/or accidental airbag deployment.

The culprit is an HVAC hose grommet that was improperly installed. Moisture can then collect in the minivan's carpet and drip into the airbag deployment module. Chrysler will begin notifying owners of the recall in February, and as always, the fix will come at no cost.

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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/12/15/chrysler-recalling-nearly-370-000-minivans-over-potential-airbag/

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Chrysler recalls 367K minivans over inadvertent air bag deployments

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington— Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 367,350 2008 minivans after reports that water leaks from the air conditioning system accidentally set off air bags.

The Auburn Hills automaker said it has received reports of five minor injuries from the problem — including four since July — and reports of at least 30 airbags improperly deploying since in recent months.

The recall covers 2008 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravans. The vehicles may have water leaks from the heating and air conditioning drain tube, which could lead to the illumination of the air bag warning light sensor or the deployment of the air bag.

Chrysler believes 3 percent of the vehicles being recalled have the problem.

In early 2008, Chrysler started getting reports of wet carpeting in the vehicles, and the company determined the source of the problem was improperly installed drain tubes at its assembly plant in St. Louis.

In May 2008, Chrysler made a change to the design of the part. In October 2008, Chrysler changed the assembly process to improve the installation of the parts.

But Chrysler didn't make any repairs to the vehicles that had been built.

Between February 2008 and June 2010, Chrysler said it had received 15 complaints of air bag deployments and one injury.

Between July and September of this year, Chrysler said the number of air bag complaints doubled to 30 — and four additional injuries were reported.

As a result, Chrysler decided to recall the vehicles after its safety committee met on Nov. 30.

Chrysler said the air bag deployments have not caused any crashes or deaths.

Chrysler will notify owners starting in February and will replace the drain part. The recalled vehicles were built between February 2007 and August 2008.

Chrysler spokesman Vince Muniga said the recall was prompted after the company noticed a "sudden spike" in incidents this summer. "This prompted our investigation and the voluntary recall," he said.

This is second recall announced by the Auburn Hills automaker this week.

Chrysler said Tuesday was recalling more than 76,000 diesel Dodge Ram pickups over potentially defective parts that could impact braking.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101215/AUTO01/12150381/Chrysler-recalls-367K-minivans-over-inadvertent-air-bag-deployments#ixzz18E2KlEvn

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CHRYSLER RECALLS 367,350 MINIVANS OVER AIRBAG ISSUE

By Drew Johnson

Chrysler has announced the recall of 367,350 2008 model year Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans over airbag concerns.

According to Chrysler, an air conditioning water leak in some 2008 model year Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans could lead to accidental airbag inflation. Chrysler has received several complaints on the matter, five of which resulted in minor injuries.

Chrysler said it received complaints of water leaks in 2008, but at the time “had no reason to believe that this moisture had any safety consequences.” However, an investigation launched last summer determined that water from the leak could penetrate the vehicle’s airbag control system, resulting in airbag inflation.

Chrysler will officially begin the recall campaign in February.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/chrysler-recalls-367350-minivans-over-airbag-issue.html

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Chrysler, Dodge Minivans Recalled For Inadvertent Airbag Deployment

Chrysler last week initiated a safety-related recall of 367,350 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, all from the 2008 model year, for an issue with improper water drainage off the heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system in these vehicles.

The issue, which is caused by an "improperly assembled HVAC drain grommet," allows moisture to potentially drip onto the floor in the cabin—a problem that wasn't initially seen as a safety issue.

The reason it's now a safety concern on 2008 Dodge Caravan and Town & Country models isn't that damp carpet so much as that the dampness will get to a critical airbag switch, "which can lead to illumination of airbag warning light and a potential inadvertent airbag deployment," according to the NHTSA recall notice.

Chrysler has received notice of a total of 15 inadvertent airbag deployments and one minor injury from the issue from 2008 through June 2010, then in the following three months the automaker received 15 additional complaints and four more minor injuries.

Dodge and Chrysler dealers will replace the faulty HVAC drain grommet at no charge, and the recall effort itself will begin in February 2011.

Owners can either contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753 or NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.

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http://www.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1052737_chrysler-dodge-minivans-recalled-for-inadvertent-airbag-deployment

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