Chrysler is recalling 299,718 of its 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans to replace the Occupant Restraint Control (ORC) modules, which control the performance of the front airbag system.
The issue is the ORC modules may have been exposed to moisture and could eventually illuminate the airbag light, and even worse, potentially deploy an airbag. According to Chrysler engineers, the printed circuit board in ORC modules could delaminate over time, but this could disrupt the circuitry and compromise airbag performance. While Chrysler is unaware of any injuries or accidents related to faulty ORC modules, it is replacing them anyhow to ensure customers get the full effect of the minivans’ safety systems.
Most of the minivans are in the U.S., but there are also 50,251 in Canada, 3,748 in Mexico, and 13,633 export models.
Customers will begin receiving letters in September to schedule an appointment with their dealership’s service department, where the ORC modules will be replaced at no cost to the customer. If you own one of the affected vehicles, you can contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-247-9753. You can also contact the NHTSA at 1-800-327-4236, and reference recall campaign number 11V394000.