Admit it. You own a minivan, and more than once feared that your or a loved one’s limb would be caught in the sliding door or dropping liftgate as they shut closed. Well, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is making sure such nightmare scenarios stay where they belong: in your imagination.
Chrysler is recalling 471 of its model year 2012 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans. The culprit, according to the federal agency, is the vehicles’ powered rear hatch. The minivans’ liftgate “pinch” sensor is malfunctioning, which means it takes greater force to halt the liftgate while it’s closing shut. The NHTSA is concerned injuries may result if the liftgate closes down on a finger, arm, or leg.
The recalled 2012 Chrysler and Dodge minivans were built between March 9 through March 12, 2012. Chrysler has already begun to issue recall notices to owners who will be asked to bring in their vehicles to the dealerships. There, technicians will examine the liftgate pinch sensors and replace them if necessary for free.
If you have either a 2012 Chrysler Town and Country or Dodge Grand Caravan (or both), you can contact Chrysler for more information at (800) 853-1403. Chrysler’s recall number is M17. You can also contact the NHTSA at (888) 327-4236 and reference campaign ID number 12V191000 for information as well. Neither the NHTSA or Chrysler have reported any accidents, injuries, or fatalities at the time of this post as a result of this issue.