Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the parent company of Dodge, has announced the recall of 297,000 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans in Kentucky and throughout North America. The affected minivans were part of the 2011-12 model year. They are impacted by a potential problem with the driver’s side airbag that causes it to deploy inadvertently.
The automaker reported that the issue is linked to electrical wiring inside the vehicle that can develop significant wear over time, leading to a short circuit. This could then trigger the driver’s side airbags. Unlike other recalls like the Takata airbag recall, this consumer automobile recall is related to wiring problems in older vehicles.
The wiring can cause a short circuit after rubbing against pieces of trim on the steering wheel over years of use. A second short circuit could then cause the airbag to deploy. There have been 13 minor injuries caused by these accidental airbag deployments in the Grand Caravan.