Dodge Recalls Grand Caravan for Airbag Flaw

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Dodge brand is recalling Grand Caravan minivans in Canada to replace wiring harnesses that could cause an inadvertent airbag deployment.

In more than 86,000 of these popular vans, an electrical short in the wiring harness for the steering wheel could set off the driver’s frontal airbag unnecessarily and without warning.

While Transport Canada warns such a deployment could cause minor injuries to those inside the vehicle, the main concern is it would almost certainly startle the driver and could lead to a crash — in which case, the driver would no longer have the protection of a frontal airbag.

Transport Canada says Dodge dealers will inspect the wiring harness in the affected vans — sold as 2011 and 2012 models — and replace it as necessary, along with installing a protective covering on the new harness.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.