Dodge Grand Caravans sold in 2011 and 2012 are being recalled in the US and Canada because of a problem that can cause the driver's side air bag to unexpectedly inflate. Fiat Chrysler announced that it's recalling 297,000 minivans after eight people suffered injuries due to unexpected air bag deployment, but there have been no reports of car accidents from the issue.
The unexpected air bag deployment occurs when the air bag wiring chafes against the steering wheel trim, which causes a short circuit. The air bag warning light may come on. Fiat Chrysler also reports that windshield wipers may spontaneously turn on and speed control may not work.
Owners of Chrysler Town and Country minivans, which are a similar model, are not affected because those minivans use a different steering wheel trim.
What should you do?
If you own one of the Dodge minivans being recalled, the company says Chrysler Dodge dealers will inspect the wiring, replace it if needed and install a protective coating to address the issue. Starting June 28, Fiat Chrysler will begin notifying owners of the recall by mail.