Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued a recall of 780,477 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans from model years 2010 to 2014 to replace overheating third-row power window vent switches. Fiat Chrysler said that there were no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue, although there were 36 incidents of overheating and some fires.
Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said that in each case, damage was limited to areas of the driver's door where the switch is located. Fiat Chrysler will contact and advise affected customers when they can schedule repairs. For the meantime, customers could visit dealers after May 14 to have the vent switches in their minivans disconnected to get rid of the overheating risk.
Fiat Chrysler said it discovered the issue due to warranty claims and found that exposure to moisture from rain, snow, car washes or beverage spills could cause a short circuit.
An estimated 644,850 affected minivans were sold in the United States, 106,980 in Canada, 8,009 in Mexico and 20,638 outside of North America.
Fiat Chrysler is also recalling 4,141 Fiat 500e electric cars to replace their power inverter module, aimed at preventing a slow coolant from leaking onto electrical components. The leak could cause a short circuit and power loss while driving.
The carmaker said it is aware of five incidents of power loss, but none tied to accidents or injuries. The affected Fiat 500es covered model years 2013 and 2014 and were sold in the US.