Chrysler Group LLC has recalled an estimated 780,000 minivans worldwide to replace window switches that could overheat. The recalled vehicles are certain model years 2010 through 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans assembled between Aug. 25, 2010, and Oct. 31, 2013. Chrysler said 644,850 are in the U.S., 106,980 are in Canada, 8,009 are in Mexico and 20,638 vehicles are outside the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) region, primarily in Europe and the Middle East.
The minivans are equipped with third-row power window vents following incidents of overheating, according to the Michigan automaker, now owned by Italy’s Fiat SpA. Chrysler Group is unaware of any related injuries or accidents. Affected customers will be contacted directly and advised when they may schedule service. Associated costs will be borne by the company.
Customers were advised to visit their dealers to have the vent switches disconnected, which would eliminate any risks associated with the issue and affects only third-row window-vent operation. The company said it was alerted to the issue by warranty data, and launched an investigation. Engineers found a link between short circuits and beverage spills on the vent switch, as well as direct exposure to moisture from rain, snow or car washes, Chrysler said. Those short circuits may cause overheating, but the company said it is aware of only 36 incidents, less than 0.005 percent of the vehicles subject to the recall.
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