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VW Recalls Routan Minivans for Possible Fires

Vans are essentially the same as ones Chrysler recalled earlier.

by on Jun.11, 2010

VW had no choice but to follow Chrysler.

Volkswagen AG has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is recalling more than 15,000 of its 2009 model Routan minivans because of a possible wiring routing problem that could cause fires.

There are no reports of accidents or injuries from the safety defect.

However,  this is just the latest in a growing list of examples where an auto company hastens a recall, which is the direct result of the record $16.4 million fine that Toyota paid to NHTSA for its delays in recalling millions of vehicles with sticking accelerators. (more…)

Chrysler Recalling 600,000 Minivans and Jeeps

Troubled maker cites potential brake failures, wiring fires.

by on Jun.07, 2010

The latest recalls are the result of design or assembly process defects.

Chrysler is recalling 600,000 of its Jeep Wrangler SUVs, and Dodge and Chrysler minivans to address potential safety problems involving brake and wiring defects.

The announcement is the latest setback for the struggling automaker, and comes just days after it issued a recall notice for 161,000 Dodge Caliber models to repair a potentially sticky accelerator pedal because of defective parts from CTS, the same supplier of recalled Toyota pedals. (See Chrysler Recalls Dodge Calibers for Sticky Pedals )

The latest defects are the result of improper engineering or assembly.

On model year 2008 and 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans manufactured from February 2007 through September 2009, some of the minivans may have been assembled with an improperly routed wire harness. The lower sliding-door hinge bracket can make contact and wear through the wire insulation. A short circuit in the latch is possible, which in turn could cause a fire. About 285,000 minivans with power sliding doors are affected. No accidents or injuries are reported.