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NHTSA upgrades minivan headlight investigation

by Bill Cawthon on

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defect Investigations (ODI) has upgraded its probe into reports of problems with headlights on 2005 model year Chrysler and Dodge minivans, including the Caravan and Grand Caravan, Town & Country and Voyager. Some 622,000 vehicles could be affected.

ODI reports it has received and reviewed numerous complaints regarding the of the operation of the headlights. The complaints range from intermittent operation to the headlights going completely out or not turing on at all. According to reports, dealer repairs have produced mixed results.

According to the NHTSA, the “ODI is opening this PE to collect additional information from the manufacturer regarding the performance of the headlights and to further evaluate this issue.”

The NHTSA Action Number is PE10022 opened July 12, 2010. The current summary can be viewed by entering the action number at the NHTSA’s website.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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