Chrysler recalls 212,000 for airbag problems

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

Published: February 4, 2016, 5:30 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 12:58 PM

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan

2008 Chrysler Town & Country Limited - The fifth-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan made its debut in the 2008 model year with 35 new or improved features for the “family room on wheels,” including the Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system introduced in 2005 and a new Swivel ‘n Go seating system. Swivel ‘n Go featured second-row seats that swiveled 180 degrees to face the third row and included a removable table that installed between the second and third row, along with covered storage bins in the second row.

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.

2009 Dodge Journey

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.

2009 Volkswagen Routan

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.

2016 Acura ILX

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.

Honda FCX Clarity FCEV

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.