October 13, 2004

Chrysler to recall 1.2 million minivans

Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Chrysler Group will voluntarily recall and/or extend the warranty on approximately 237,697 1998.5 through 2000 model year minivans in Canada to address a potential issue with the clockspring which supplies continuous current to the driver side airbag, horn and cruise control.

The recall affects a total of 1.2 million minivans in Canada, the United States, Mexico and other countries.

The vehicles affected are Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan, Plymouth Voyager and Grand Voyager, and Chrysler Town & Country minivans built in North America.

Vehicles with less than 115,000 kilometres will be recalled and the clockspring replaced at no expense to the owner. In vehicles with more than 115,000 kilometres, the Chrysler Group will offer an extended lifetime warranty on the driver air bag clockspring.

Owners should check the air bag warning light; if the airbag system is functioning properly, the dashboard air bag warning lamp will illuminate for a few seconds after the vehicle is started and then go out. If the warning light functions properly, there is no need for further action at this time.

If the airbag warning light is not functioning properly or if the air bag clockspring fails at any time in the future, it will be replaced at no charge to the owner.

Of the total of 1.2 million vehicles affected by this safety action, 955,344 vehicles are registered in the United States, 237,697 in Canada, 73 in Mexico, and 8,154 are registered in other markets.

To date, there is one alleged injury related to this issue.

Owners will be notified of this action beginning the week of October 15th. All work will be performed at no charge to the customer.

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