Feds Close Chrysler Minivan Safety Probe

Feds Close Chrysler Minivan Safety Probe

An investigation into stalling Chrysler minivans has ended without a recall. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began looking into the 2003 to 2007 Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler Voyager and Dodge Grand Caravan, after receiving 720 complaints over the vehicles stalling.

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NHTSA has concluded that 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.” NHTSA also found that regardless of the amount of fuel in the vehicle, it could be restarted immediately every time.

NHTSA conducted its own testing with a 2005 minivan and were able to reproduce the stalling, though the van didn’t stall four out of five times when traveling at low speeds during testing. When traveling at or above 10 mph, no stalling and only minor hesitation was noticed.

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