Chrysler recalls 284,831 minivans over fire risk

Posted on Tuesday, 8 June 2010 , 19:06:36 byAlina

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Chrysler recalls 284,831 minivans over fire risk

Chrysler is recalling almost 600,000 minivans and Jeep Wranglers in the United States and another 100,000 elsewhere because of brake or wiring problems that could create safety problems, the company and federal regulators said Monday.

This is the second time this year that Chrysler has had a major recall campaign for its minivans. Back in February, over 312,000 2005 and 2006 model-year Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minivans were recalled for an airbag issue.

284,831 units of Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans from 2008 and 2009 year have been recalled. Chryslerís action for this recall was supposed to start this month.

Dealerships will repair the affected vehicles free of charge. Some vehicles made from February through September 2007 may have been built with an improperly routed wire harness which could lead to the lower sliding door hinge bracket making contact and wearing through the wire insulation. If the wiring insulation wears down enough, a short circuit could occur inside the door, overheating the latch and possibly causing a fire.

Chrysler is also recalling 288,968 Jeep Wranglers from the 2006 through 2010 model years due to a potential brake fluid leak.

Another 76,430 Wranglers and 34,143 minivans are being recalled in Canada, Mexico and other international markets.