This could be major shock for some new owners of Chrysler’s minivans. Chrysler’s Dodge Grand Caravan, Town and Country minivans from 2010 to 2014 are being recalled.
According to Chrysler, it will be recalling 780,000 minivans with third-row power window vents because of overheating.
Chrysler was able to find out this issue based from the warranty data, wherein many had complained of overheating and higher risk of fire.
Engineers “launched an investigation and found a link between short circuits and beverage spills on the vent switch, as well as direct exposure to moisture from rain, snow or car washes.”
Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said there were 36 incidents reported related to overheating. “Some incidents involved fire; many did not. In each case, damage was confined to areas of the driver’s door,” Mayne said, emphasizing that there are no reports or crashes or injuries related to the issue.
The 36 incidents represent “less than 0.005 percent of the vehicles subject to this campaign,” Chrysler said.
Chrysler didn’t say when dealers will be able to repair the vehicles but said starting Wednesday owners can visit dealers to have the vent switches disconnected. “This will eliminate any risks associated with the issue and affects only third-row window-vent operation,” Chrysler said. “Interim disconnect disables only third-row, rear-vent opening and closing. But the affected vehicles also are equipped with robust (heating and air conditioning systems, second-row power windows and tinted glass — all of which can manage ventilation and ambient temperature.”
The recalled vehicles were built between August 2010 and October 2013. They include 644,850 are in the United States; 106,980 are in Canada; 8,009 are in Mexico and 20,638 vehicles are outside North America.