300,000 Chrysler and Dodge Minivans were recalled over airbag issue

300,000 Chrysler and Dodge Minivans were recalled over airbag issue

A problem that could cause the airbags to deploy unexpectedly has made Chrysler Group to issue a recall that involves no more than 299,718 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans which were produced in 2008. Most of the affected minivans were sold in the United States, but, according to Chrysler, there were also 50,251 vehicles in Canada, 3,748 in Mexico as well as 13,633 export models. It appears that the cause of the problem has something to do with the Occupant Restraint Control modules that control the airbags and it might have been exposed to moisture. This could result in the airbag warning light going on and in some cases, it will be in danger of deploying for no reason.
In January 2011, Chrysler had issued a recall of the same batch of vehicles, aiming to replace the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning drain grommet, which registered a potential to leak moisture into the area of the ORC module. The engineers of the company concluded that the printed circuit board in ORC modules previously exposed to moisture could delaminate over time in spite of the elimination of the source of prior moisture. However, David Dillon, Head of Product Investigations and Campaigns, announced that no accidents or injuries had been reported, but it was in the best interest of their customers to replace those modules in order to ensure the proper functionality of the minivan's advanced safety system.
Letters will be sent by the company to the owners of the affected vehicles in September. Also, an appointment will be scheduled with dealers in order to replace the OCR modules free-of-charge.


300,000 Chrysler and Dodge Minivans were recalled over airbag issue image 300,000 Chrysler and Dodge Minivans were recalled over airbag issue image
300,000 Chrysler and Dodge Minivans were recalled over airbag issue image