There are 13 minor accidents that might have links to this problem.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall 209,135 examples of the 2011-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan in the United States because of possible inadvertent deployment of the driver’s side airbag. The campaign will also affect 87,703 units of the minivan in Canada. “The Company is aware of 13 potentially related minor injuries, but no accidents,” the automaker reported in a release.
According to FCA, examples of the Grand Caravan with production dates from August 23, 2010, to July 25, 2012, have wiring that may chafe between a tab on the plastic back cover for the steering wheel and the edge of the horn plate. This movement can eventually rub through the wires' protective insulation and cause a short circuit. The problem could eventually lead to a second short circuit that might cause in the driver’s side front airbag’s sudden deployment.
There are potential warning signs of this problem occurring, like an illuminated airbag warning light, unintended wiper operation, or inoperable buttons on the steering wheel.
FCA will contact the affected owners. Dealers will inspect and replace any damaged wiring. They will also install additional protective covering over the wiring.
FCA recently had to recall the Grand Caravan's modern replacement when the company issued a campaign for a total of 1,677 examples of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid in the United States and Canada. "Feedback from a small number of customers has led to the discovery that certain diodes may stop functioning," the automaker reported. "This may cause propulsion loss." FCA pledged to fix the problem by servicing a module containing the diodes. There have been no reports of injuries from this problem.
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Gallery: 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan gets a nip / tuck
June 15, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC is voluntarily recalling an estimated 209,135 older-model minivans in the U.S. to provide additional protection for certain wiring.
An FCA US investigation led to the discovery of a condition that may lead to inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag. The Company is aware of 13 potentially related minor injuries, but no accidents.
Wiring may chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim, potentially causing a short-circuit. This may lead to a second short-circuit that is potentially capable of producing inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag.
Affected are certain 2011-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans. An estimated 87,703 vehicles in Canada will be included in this campaign.
Dealer service technicians will inspect and replace the wiring, as needed, while equipping it with additional protective covering.
Affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service, which will be provided free of charge.
Customers with questions or concerns may call the FCA US Customer Recall Information Center at (800) 853-1403.
Inadvertent Air Bag Deployment due to Chafed Wire
Unexpected deployment of the driver's frontal air bag increases the risk of a crash or driver injury.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V376000
Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)
Components AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected 209,135
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2011-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the driver's frontal air bag may unexpectedly deploy if the air bag wiring harness gets chafed within the steering wheel and short circuits.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the air bag wiring within the steering wheel, replacing it if necessary. A protective cover will also be installed. These repairs will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 28, 2017. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is T33.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
2 Affected Products
MAKE MODEL YEAR
DODGE GRAND CARAVAN 2011-2012