Chrysler, Volkswagen issue recalls, Ford expands minivan recall
December 15, 2010 at 7:30 PM EST - Updated June 23 at 2:58 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Chrysler and Volkswagen announced large recalls Wednesday to address potential accidental air bag deployments and possible fuel leaks.
Chrysler Group LLC said it was recalling more than 367,000 minivans to address potential accidental air bag deployments in 2008 model year Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans.
The automaker said water could leak near the heating and air conditioner drain. That could cause the air bag warning light to go off and deploy the air bag by accident.
Chrysler spokesman Vince Muniga said the automaker was aware of 30 complaints of air bags deploying inadvertently and five injuries since February 2008.
Volkswagen of America is recalling more than 228,000 vehicles, including 2007-2009 model year Golf, Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen, Rabbit and 2006-2010 New Beetle small cars.
VW says on all of the recalled vehicles except the New Beetle, a small plastic tab in the windshield wiper fluid reservoir could rub against a fuel supply line under the hood. A fuel leak could develop and lead to fires.
On New Beetles under recall, a fastening clamp on the hydraulic hose of the power steering system could be located in the wrong place and rub against a fuel supply line under the hood. It could also lead to a fuel leak and a fire.
VW spokesman Kerry Christopher said there had been no reports of fires, crashes or injuries.
Chrysler's recall is expected to begin in February and dealers will replace the drain ring free of charge. Volkswagen is beginning its recall in late January and dealers will either remove the plastic tab or inspect the position of the clamp and adjust it free of charge.
Owners can contact Chrysler at (800) 853-1403 and Volkswagen at (800) 822-8987.
Ford expands Windstar minivan recall
DETROIT (AP) - Ford is expanding a recall of its Windstar minivans over concerns that their rear axles can corrode and break.
The automaker says it is adding 37,000 minivans to the recall, which was announced in August. The addition brings the total number of Windstars covered to 612,000 in the U.S. and Canada.
The original recall included vans sold in the 1998 to 2003 model years in 21 U.S. states and Canada where heavy road salt can cause the axles to rust. The expansion includes 2003 model year vans with heat-treated axles and vans registered in Utah.
Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood says the automaker has found that vans in Utah or with heat-treated axles can also develop cracks.
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