Earlier this week, Chrysler red flagged the 2010-11 Dodge Ram 2500 or 3500 models with diesel engines for a defective power steering reservoir cap. Now the automaker is recalling over 367,000 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravans from the 2008 model year for a water leak that could accidentally activate the passenger side airbag.
The New York Times reports that “Chrysler told N.H.T.S.A. that the problem resulted from improperly assembled drains for the air-conditioning, which allowed water to leak onto the carpet. It also told the safety agency it knew of the leak early in 2008 and that ‘over time’ it had reports of ‘some inadvertent air bag deployments.’ The automaker said it later learned that the water leaks were the cause of the deployments.”
Chrysler states that vehicle owners may take their minivans to a Chrysler dealership where they will “inspect and replace as necessary Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) drain hose grommets. Some vehicles may have an improperly installed HVAC hose grommet that could cause moisture to collect on the floor and damage the airbag deployment module.” The maintenance is free.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the recall will “begin during February 2010. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 and NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.”