297,000 Dodge Grand Caravans face recall for spontaneous airbag deployments
Dodge parent company FiatChrysler Automobiles is recalling a total of 297,000 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans from the 2011-12 model years for a potential driver side airbag problem that can result in inadvertent airbag deployments. The issue is said to be linked to wiring that can get worn over time and short circuit, unexpectedly triggering the driver side airbags. This recall isn’t related to the Takata airbag recall; the Caravan recall concerns wiring problems in older vehicles rather than propellant tablet degradation.
“Wiring may chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim, potentially causing a short circuit,” the automaker said in a statement. “This may lead to a second short circuit that is potentially capable of producing inadvertent deployment of the driver side front airbag.”
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FCA says 13 minor injuries have been linked to inadvertent airbag deployments in these vehicles, but it did not disclose how many reports of airbag deployments the company has received in total. FCA has not received any reports of crashes linked to the issue.
FCA plans to start a recall campaign in July that will affect 209,135 Grand Caravans sold in the U.S. and another 87,703 in Canada. Owners will be advised by mail of the start of the recall campaign, in which dealer technicians will inspect and replace the wiring as needed; they may also add protective covering to the wiring.
Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website to report a problem with your vehicle and to check for recall campaigns using your VIN.