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NHTSA ends investigation of Chrysler minivans

by Bill Cawthon on

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said yesterday that it had ended an investigation into the fuel systems of 2003-2007 Chrysler RS minivans, without finding a major safety-related defect.


The NHTSA opened investigation DP14002 on September 5th, 2014 after receiving a complaint about the engine stalling following refueling.

A recall could have covered as many as 1.86 million Dodge Caravans, Grand Caravans, Chrysler Town & Countrys and Chrysler Voyagers.

In closing the investigation, the NHTSA said:

“After completing this evaluation, NHTSA has concluded that further investigation is unlikely to result in a finding that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists. The stalls occurring in these vehicles only occur immediately after filling up the fuel tank and happen at low engine speeds. The failure rate is low, even after 8 to 13 years of the vehicles being in service, and there are no reports of crashes or injuries resulting from the stall condition. In the Agency’s view, additional investigation is unlikely to result in finding the existence of a safety-related defect in the subject vehicles.”

The NHTSA also noted, essentially, that it had better things to do with its time and resources.

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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