Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country Recalled Over Fire Concern

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Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country Recalled Over Fire Concern
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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 ~

  • Dale

    Very disappointed in Dodge product dealers < I wasn't having any trouble then about 2 months after they supposedly done this recall the chain links that wires go thru began to break then the wires began to strip and break. I felt the company should have been responsible for this fix but they are telling me they wont fix it and it will be $300 dollars a door. If the company doesn't make this right I don't know if I will be able to give any recommendations for people to buy one of their products or not. or when I am ready to buy again to go with a dodge product. Just very broken hearted right know.

  • ss

    My 2009 grand caravan just caught fire. What are my options?