Chrysler is recalling 667,000 cars and vans because of safety issues. There are two separate recalls involving two different models and parts.
The smaller of the two recalls affects 224,254 2013-model Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Ram C/V Tradesman minivans built May 10, 2012, through June 7, 2013. The recall is due to an electrical problem that could cause the wrong side-impact airbags to inflate in a side crash. For example, if the van were hit on the right, the left-side bag would inflate rather than the right side air bag. Dealers will fix the issue in August once the official recall begins.
The larger recall includes 442,481 vehicles.
- 2011-2013 Chrysler Sebring and Chrysler 200 cars manufactured June 28, 2011, through December 13, 2012;
- 2011-2013 Dodge Avenger cars made June 25, 2011, through January 14, 2013;
- 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro SUVs built June 17, 2011, through December 15, 2011;
- 2011-2012 Jeep Liberty SUVs manufactured June 17, 2011, through August 15, 2012.
The recall was announced because faulty micro controllers within the vehicle could prevent head restraints from slightly moving forward in a rear crash. These head restraints were designed to move forward in order to minimize whiplash injuries.