A wiring issue causing airbags to unexpectedly explode forced Fiat Chrysler earlier this month to recall roughly 297,000 Dodge Grand Caravans, model years 2011-2012.
While no crashes were reported, the malfunction was linked to minor injuries in eight people. The recall included 209,135 vehicles located in the U.S. and 87,703 in Canada.
“Wiring may chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim, potentially causing a short-circuit,” said Fiat Chrysler in a statement. “This may lead to a second short-circuit that is potentially capable of producing inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag.”
Fiat Chrysler cited a few warning signs for individuals who are unsure if their vehicle is part of the recall. “Drivers could see an air bag warning light, the windshield wipers may turn on unexpectedly or the speed control may not work,” according to a report in The Detroit News.
While Fiat Chrysler’s announcement is recent, the recall will not begin until July 28. Owners will be notified by mail, and dealers will begin to replace the vehicle wiring if necessary and add a protective covering. See if your vehicle is recalled on Fiat Chrysler's website.