Chrysler is having a busy month. In two separate campaigns, it is recalling more than 120,000 sedans and minivans for issues involving the ABS/ESC control system and a potentially dangerous electric liftgate.
Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger
The largest of the campaigns calls back nearly 120,000 U.S.-owned Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans from the model years 2011 and 2012. The vehicles in question were all assembled before December, 2011, says Chrysler.
The reason for the recall is a malfunction in the electronic stability control and antilock braking systems caused by extreme temperatures. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations press release, the problem could up the chances for accidents and injuries.
Potential loss of control
According to Nitrobahn, “due to thermal expansion and contraction, there may be a certain distortion in the plastic insert surrounding a fuse which could interrupt power to the ABS/ESC control system.” As a result, a driver could potentially lose control of the vehicle.
Erring on the side of caution
At this time, there have been no injuries or accidents cause by the problem, but the automaker has decided to err on the side of caution.
Chrysler LLC’s David Dillon said:
“Despite a small number of incidents, we concluded it was in the best interest of our customers to repair the vehicles and eliminate the potential for this condition to occur.”
The fix is for Chrysler technicians to mount a new fuse in a different location inside the vehicle, away from extreme temperatures. The recall is expected to begin before the end of May.
Earlier Charger recall
Nearly 10,000 2011-2012 Dodge Charger police cars were recalled in February for a similar issue.
Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravans
Meanwhile, nearly 500 Chrysler minivans — 2012 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan models — are also being sent back to the dealer, says the NHTSA. All of them were built in March.
The 471 minivans may have faulty sensors for the liftgate. As a result, safeguards meant to stop the liftgate if it receives resistance may become disabled, meaning it could possibly “close on an appendage.”
That recall is also expected to begin in May. Until then, owners will have to watch their fingers when loading up for weekend excursions.
Chrysler recalled less than 300 Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans in April because the right rear wheel hub and bearing assembly could be substandard. The issue could cause the wheel to fall off while in motion. That recall was also blamed on faulty parts from suppliers.
For more detailed information, owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403. The NHTSA can be reached at 888-327-4236. Or you can go to the NHTSA website.