Chrysler Recalls 312,000 Minivans on Airbag Issue

We are already getting used to car manufacturers issuing large-scale recalls lately, and the latest to do so is Chrysler. The American carmaker posted a safety recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) official site, concerning 312,000 minivans that appear to have problems with the airbag system.

The vehicles involved in the recall are 2005-2006 Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan vehicles, whose front crash sensors might fail and water can therefore get into the sensor.

“The front crash sensors may crack under certain environmental conditions and allow water to enter into the sensor. This can cause the sensor to become inoperative and illuminate the airbag warning light. These sensors were added to enhance the performance of the airbag system in certain frontal crashes,” the report on the NHTSA’s website reads.

Chrysler also says the vehicles affected by the recall are the ones sold or registered in states located mostly in the northern half of the United States, which currently deal with cold weather conditions.

“If the front crash sensors become inoperative, the driver is immediately alerted by illumination of the airbag warning light and the vehicle should be promptly serviced. Until the vehicle is repaired, the airbags may not provide the enhanced protection in the event of a crash
,” the safety notice continues.

Just as expected, Chrysler dealers will take care of this problem free of charge. The recall, which is expected to begin during June, will involve the installment of front airbag sensors with a new design.
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