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2012 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans recalled due to rear liftgate danger

Consumer Reports News: May 08, 2012 10:38 AM

Chrysler is recalling a small number of 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans equipped with powered rear liftgate doors. About 471 of the minivans have faulty sensors that may not prevent the door from closing on a finger or other appendage says the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to NHTSA, the pinch sensor, located on the right side of the minivan's power liftgate, may need to encounter more force or resistance before it stops the door from moving during its final closing stages. Due to the possibility of increased risk of consumer injury, Chrysler and NHTSA announced this recall of 2012 Chrysler Town & Country and 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans.

Chrysler is expected to begin notifying owners affected by this safety recall this month. Owners with the recalled minivans will be advised to take their vehicle to a local dealership where mechanics will replace the faulty right side rear liftgate pinch sensor for free.

For more information, consumers can call Chrysler's toll-free customer support line (800-853-1403) and reference the company's internal recall number, M17, or visit the NHTSA website:

Recall: 2012 Chrysler Town & Country/2012 Dodge Grand Caravan - Rear liftgate; Campaign ID #: 12V191000 [NHTSA]

Paul Eng

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