Chrysler Recalls Minivans, Electric Vehicles
Chrysler announced two separate recalls for certain minivans and electric vehicles. The first Chrysler recall involves 644,820 minivans in the U.S. equipped with third-row power window vents. Only model year 2010-2014 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country vehicles are affected by the recall. If a beverage spills on the vent switch--or if the switch is directly exposed to rain, snow, or car washes—a short circuit may occur. This problem may lead to overheating. According to Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne, consumers have reported 36 incidents related to overheating. Although no injuries have been reported, there have been fires. “Some incidents involved fire; many did not. In each case, damage was confined to areas of the driver’s door,” Mayne told The Detroit News. Chrysler is also recalling 4,141 electric cars for a problem that may cause the vehicles to lose power. Certain 2013-2014 Fiat 500e vehicles may come with a defect of the power inverter module. Over time, this may cause coolant to seep onto electrical components, leading to a short circuit. There have been five reported incidents, but no accidents or injuries. For more information on all vehicle recalls in the U.S., visit www.safercar.gov. Source: Chrysler, The Detroit News
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