November 2, 2004

Chrysler recalls 23,600 minivans in Canada

Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Chrysler Group will recall approximately 240,000 minivans in North America, 23,600 of which are in Canada, from the 2001-2002 model years to address a potential issue with water intrusion into the radio that could trigger a short circuit and potentially result in a speaker fire.

Investigation has shown that vehicles operated for extended periods of time in conditions of high humidity and high temperature may be susceptible.

The recall only affects vehicles equipped with the base radio. Under this action, material will be added to the top of the radio to prevent water intrusion. All repairs will be made at no cost to customers. Owner notification will begin in January 2005.

In a separate recall, the Chrysler Group will recall approximately 11,100 Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus sedans from the 2005 model year to ensure that the bolts that attach the left and right rear passenger safety belt retractors and turning loops are properly installed. The issue was identified during an internal audit. No customer complaints have been reported.

Under the recall, the bolts attaching the rear safety belts will be tightened. There will be no cost to the customer. Owner notification is scheduled to begin in November 2004.

The minivan vehicle population affected by the recall includes:

  • 239,134 units registered in the U.S.
  • 23,600 in Canada
  • 8,830 in Mexico
  • 223 vehicles built for export to other markets, including Europe.

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