The models affected by the Chrysler recall are the 2008 Chrysler Town and Country and the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. It seems that these vehicles may have an air conditioning leak. There may be a problem with the heating and air conditioner drain grommet as it may not have been assembled properly, which may cause the air conditioning to leak onto the interior carpet. The direct result of this leak is the possibility of the side air bag deploying without being in an accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the automaker knew about the bags deploying without cause in 2008 and did not know it was directly related to the leak within the air conditioning. Starting in July, the number of complaints increased at Michigan Chrysler dealers and others across the country. This is ultimately why Chrysler began the recall.
The issue for Volkswagen’s vehicles is a completely different issue. The vehicles affected include 2006-2010 VW Jetta, 2009 VW Jetta Sportwagen, 2006-2010 VW New Beetle, 2006-2010 VW New Beetle Convertible and 2007-2009 VW Rabbit.
These vehicles may have a small plastic tab that is connected to the windshield washer fluid reservoir that may get rubbed against an underhood fuel supply line. On two specific models—the new Beetle and the new Beetle Convertible—
If chaffing occurs for either of these parts, it may cause the fuel leak. A fuel leak could potentially begin a fire as it is a combustible source. At this point Volkswagen does not know of any reported fires. The recall is scheduled to begin the last day in January.
Michigan Chrysler dealers as well as Volkswagen dealers are standing by to inspect all potentially affected vehicles at no charge. Chrysler may be contacted by owners at 800-853-1403 while Volkswagen owners can call 800-822-8987. Owners may also call the NHTSA for more information at 888-327-4236 or visit http://www.safercar.gov.
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