POSTED: 06:30 a.m. HST, Dec 15, 2010
LAST UPDATED: 07:41 a.m. HST, Dec 15, 2010
WASHINGTON — Chrysler and Volkswagen announced large recalls Wednesday to address potential accidental air bag deployments and possible fuel leaks.
Chrysler Group LLC said it was recalling more than 367,000 minivans to address potential accidental air bag deployments in 2008 model year Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans.
The automaker said water could leak near the heating and air conditioner drain. That could cause the air bag warning light to go off and deploy the air bag by accident.
Chrysler spokesman Vince Muniga said the automaker was aware of 30 complaints of air bags deploying inadvertently and five injuries since February 2008.
Volkswagen of America is recalling more than 228,000 vehicles, including 2007-2009 model year Golf, Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen, Rabbit and 2006-2010 New Beetle small cars.
VW says on all of the recalled vehicles except the New Beetle, a small plastic tab in the windshield wiper fluid reservoir could rub against a fuel supply line under the hood. A fuel leak could develop and lead to fires.
On New Beetles under recall, a fastening clamp on the hydraulic hose of the power steering system could be located in the wrong place and rub against a fuel supply line under the hood. It could also lead to a fuel leak and a fire.
VW spokesman Kerry Christopher said there had been no reports of fires, crashes or injuries.
Chrysler's recall is expected to begin in February and dealers will replace the drain ring free of charge. Volkswagen is beginning its recall in late January and dealers will either remove the plastic tab or inspect the position of the clamp and adjust it free of charge.
Owners can contact Chrysler at (800) 853-1403 and Volkswagen at (800) 822-8987.