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2006 minivan fuel-tank probe

by David Zatz on

Three complaints (mis-reported by one source as a single complaint) of stalling on a full fuel tank have brought a full investigation of Chrysler minivans by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

A similar problem affected V8-powered Chrysler and Dodge cars, resulting in a recent recall. The problem in that case was the Stant-built floats in the fuel tanks.  If the same problem exists in these minivans, Chrysler may be forced to issue a recall.

The car recall only affected vehicles built in the 2006 model year, and it seems likely that a recall would affect 2006-2007 Dodge and Chrysler minivans if a defect is found.  The Chrysler and Dodge minivans were almost identical, but had different suspension tuning and appearances.

211,140 Dodge Caravans and 159,105 Chrysler Town  & Country minivans were sold in the United States during calendar-year 2006.  Complaints of fuel-tank-related stalling cover 0.001% of these vehicles.

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