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 |  Jun 07 2010, 7:31 AM

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Chrysler is recalling all Dodge Caravan and Town and Country minivans from 2008-09 due to a concern that an improperly installed wiring harness could cause a fire. According to a release issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall affects 284,831 vehicles in total. NHTSA says that the vehicles in question may use a “improperly routed” wiring harness that may become worn by the van’s sliding door. The wire insulation may then become worn which could lead to a short circuit, or possibly even a fire.

Owners of 2008 and 2009 model year vans (manufactured between February and September of 2007) are asked to contact their local Chrysler dealer for a fix.

This is the second recall for the Chrysler van duo in 2010. Both models were recently recalled for faulty airbags.

Official release after the jump:

PRESS RELEASE

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
CHRYSLER / TOWN & COUNTRY 2008-2009
DODGE / GRAND CARAVAN 2008-2009

Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V235000

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 284831


Summary:

CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008 AND 2009 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN AND CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2007. SOME OF THE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN BUILT WITH AN IMPROPERLY ROUTED WIRE HARNESS THAT MAY HAVE A CONDITION WHERE THE LOWER SLIDING DOOR HINGE BRACKET CAN MAKE CONTACT AND WEAR THROUGH THE WIRE INSULATION.

Consequence:
A SHORT CIRCUIT COULD OCCUR INSIDE THE SLIDING DOOR, OVERHEATING THE LATCH, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A FIRE.

Remedy:
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JUNE 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-853-1403.

  • D Fare

    Have a 2003 Chrysler Town & Country LTD AWD Van,Runs Great,Carries 7 people in Comfort,Van Luvs the the Snow/Rain/Wind Nothing seems to Bother the Ride,Waiting for to Wear out the Van to buy the 2011 Cherokee,just need $money!

  • Prinsesserica

    VERY FRUSTRATED AT THE MOMENT!!! I’M HAVING NO LUCK FINDING A WEB SITE FOR JUST RECALLS FOR THE CHYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY, TOURING MINI VAN!!!  ;-[  IDK WHY THIS IS SUCH A HARD THING TO FIND??? ANY SUGGESTIONS…..I’M ALL OPEN EARS! PLZ LEAVE ANYTHING YOU THINK WILL HELP MY SEARCH. I’LL BE CHECKING DAILY…THANKX MUCH!!!  :-)
    ~ FRUSTRATED IN MILW ~