Chrysler is recalling nearly 300,000 2008 model year Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler Grand Voyager, and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans to replace a potentially defective airbag module.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lists the potential number of affected units at 299,718. Affected vehicles were manufactured from June 24, 2007 through July 30, 2008. Most were sold in the United States, with 50,251 vehicles in Canada, 3,748 vehicles in Mexico, and 13,633 export models.
In an announcement on the automaker’s website, the company says that affected vehicles are the same ones involved in a January 2011 recall to replace a heating and air conditioner (HVAC) drain grommet. Because of the earlier defect, moisture could have leaked onto the airbag controls.
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The NHTSA notice says that affected vehicles may experience a condensation leak from the HVAC drain grommet onto the occupant restraint control (ORC) module. The condensation leak could cause the airbag warning light to come on and potentially cause inadvertent airbag deployment without any warning. Should the airbag deploy inadvertently, the result could be injury to the person sitting in front of the deploying airbag and could also result in a vehicle crash.
The automaker says there have been no known accidents or injuries related to the airbag defect in vehicles that had been previously repaired during the prior recall.
Chrysler will begin notifying affected customers by letter this month, advising them to make an appointment to bring their vehicle to a Chrysler dealership for no-charge repair and replacement of the affected airbag module.
In the meantime, owners of 2008 Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler Voyager, and Dodge Grand Caravan models with questions or concerns may contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403.
Alternatively, owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Refer to the NHTSA Campaign ID No. 11V394000.