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Two minivan recalls

by David Zatz on

FCA is recalling around 300,000 Dodge minivans after finding that wiring could rub against pieces of the steering wheel trim, possibly triggering the driver’s front airbag. So far there have been eight possibly-related minor injuries (0.003% of production), but no crashes or deaths.

The recall only affects the 2011 and 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, and appears to exclude the Chrysler Town & Country version. Roughly 2/3 of the minivans were sold in the US, and the rest were sold in Canada.

The recall involves technicians inspecting the wiring, replacing it as needed, and adding protective covering to prevent future problems. Customers will be notified when the parts and procedures are ready, starting at the end of July; the service is free of charge. The FCA recall center can be phoned at (800) 853-1403 (FCA reference T33; NHTSA reference 17V376000).

In related news, FCA is also recalling a relatively handful of 2017 Pacifica Hybrids, to change the sticker listing seating capacity and combined weight.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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