Chrysler recalls 212,000 for airbag problems

Journey, Grand Caravan, Town & Country and VW Routan all affected

Published: February 4, 2016, 1:30 PM
Updated: October 11, 2021, 10:30 AM

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 112,000 vehicles, many of which were produced at the company’s minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario, because exposure to moisture could cause their airbags to deploy.

Hmm … sounds vaguely familiar to a scenario that has been playing out over the past three years, but FCA points out that none of the affected vehicles use ammonium-nitrate inflators — the suspected prime culprit in the massive Takata airbag recall that has affected some 41 million vehicles worldwide.

The company launched an investigation into two minor incidents involving inadvertent deployment of airbags and discovered the problem. The problem could simply result in a warning light, which the company says is the most likely manifestation. FCA is aware of seven incidents of injuries potentially linked to the problem but none causing crashes.

The recall affects 2009 Dodge Journey crossovers (made in Toluca, Mexico), 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country, and 2009 Volkswagen Routan (all of which were produced in Windsor). Customers will be notified to schedule a service appointment or they can contact customer care at (800) 853-1403 to find out if their vehicles are affected.

As for the Takata recall, it has claimed another 2.2 million Hondas, as the company has added several models right up to the 2016 model year. The new recalls involve 2005-2012 Acura RL sedans, 2007-2016 RDX crossovers, 2009-2014 TL sedans, 2010-2013 ZDX crossovers and 2013-2016 ILX sedans.

On the Honda side, the company added 2007-2011 CR-Vs, 2007-2014 Ridgeline pickups, 2009-2014 Fit hatchbacks, 2010-2014 FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell sedans, 2010-2014 Insight hybrid sedans and 2011-2015 CR-Z hybrid sport compacts.