Canadian Manufacturing

Chrysler recalling Ontario-built minivans over short circuit risk

Recall affects estimated 780,000 vans; will fix power window vent switches that can overheat

May 12, 2014  by Canadian Manufacturing Staff

TORONTO—Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 780,000 Ontario-built minivans globally, including 107,000 in Canada, to fix power window vent switches that can overheat.

According to the automaker, the recall affects its Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans from the 2010 to 2014 model years equipped with third-row power window vents.

Chrysler said it is unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the issue.

Customers impacted by the recall will be contacted about parts replacement, and in the interim can visit local dealerships to have the switches disconnected.


The switch is located on the driver’s door.

According to Chrysler, a investigation sparked by warranty claims 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.

Short circuits may cause overheating.

There are a total of 36 known incidents related to the recall, the automaker said.

The recall affects an estimated 645,000 vans in the United States, 107,000 in Canada, 8,000 in Mexico and 20,600 in the rest of the world.

The vans were built at Chrysler’s Windsor, Ont., assembly plant between August 2010 and October 2013.

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