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Nearly 300,000 Dodge Minivans Recalled for Airbag Defect


Fiat Chrysler has issued a recall for 297,000 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans after determining that driver side airbags may deploy inadvertently.

Details of the Caravan Airbag Defect

According to Autoweek, the recall affects Dodge Grand Caravans from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

In a statement, Fiat Chrysler revealed that wiring may chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim. The chafing may cause the wiring to short circuit capable of producing inadvertent deployment of the driver side front airbag.

The automaker has received 13 reports of minor injuries linked to inadvertent airbag deployments; however, Fiat Chrysler would not reveal the total number of airbag deployment reports it has received.

A recall campaign in scheduled for July. 209,135 of the recalled vehicles were sold in the U.S. and another 87,703 were sold in Canada.

Suggested Consumer Action

Owners of recalled Dodge Grand Caravans will be notified via mail at the start of the recall. Upon taking their vehicle to a dealer, the wiring will be inspected and replaced if needed.

Consumers can also check if their vehicle is affected by the recall by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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