Because of a defect in wiring that may result in a fire, Chrysler has announced the recall of 284,831 units of 2008 and 2009 model year Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans. This is the second time this year that Chrysler has had a major recall campaign for its minivans.
Last February, an airbag sensor issue resulted to the recall of more than 355,500 2005-2006 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans registered in the US and Canada.
Chrysler's action for this recall was supposed to start this month. Going back to the recall imposed over the risks of a fire, Chrysler will inform owners about the safety recall that is slated to start sometime 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.
The harness' position may lead to the lower sliding door hinge bracket making contact and wearing through the wire insulation. When the wear gets to a certain level, there could be a short circuit inside the sliding door. This overheats the latch and this could possibly cause a fire.